All work and no play has made Julius and Ryan long for game action.
UK head coach John Calipari is planning to rely on two transfers to play significant roles in his short rotation this year.
Sophomore point guard Ryan Harrow and graduate student shooting guard Julius Mays both have experienced the physical and mental strains of sitting on the bench during a redshirt year.
Mays considered giving up basketball while he sat out the 2010-11 season at Wright State University, after transferring after his sophomore season from North Carolina State.
“There really were times I just wanted to quit. I didn’t even want to play basketball anymore,” Mays said. “I just wanted to move back to Indiana and be a regular student — just go to school with my friends.”