From the first time Nerlens Noel worked out at Kentucky, John Calipari knew he had something special on his hands. “He had something in him; he could take it all to another level,” Calipari of Noel. “He had that will to win. I’ve had players like that in Derrick Rose and Brandon Knight. They can grab stuff from within that normal guys can’t do. They make plays out of nothing to win a game. They’re not afraid.”
He’s hoping to see the same from two newcomers, big men Julius Randle and Dakari Johnson, and continued development from Willie Cauley-Stein.
Can Cauley-Stein find consistency and perform at a high level, such as when he had four blocks against Florida on the final day of the SEC season or scored 20 against Vanderbilt? Will Calipari play the 7-foot sophomore with the enforcing Randle or Johnson? Where does freshman Marcus Lee fit in? How will Calipari use Alex Poythressand Kyle Wiltjer this time around?