Who’s been the most surprising Kentucky basketball player in the preseason practices?

Mens Basketball Open Practice and Open House, October 11, 2021, Lexington, Kentucky, USA. Photo by Walter Cornett / Three Point Shots.

A simple question — asked of nearly a dozen basketball players and coaches at the team’s annual Media Day event Wednesday — kept getting the same response.

“Who’s been surprising you the most in these early practices?” they were all asked. There was additional explanation that this could be a player who was better than expected, a player who had already progressed more than previously predicted, or simply a player who had been impressive in these early practice sessions.

Some guys brought up multiple names. Others singled out just one Wildcat.

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