August 07, 2013
John Calipari's had a summer to briefly watch and coach his new team.
He sees a few leaders -- young leaders -- emerging, as he told Andy Katz:
Calipari said freshman Julius Randle and the Harrison twins, Aaron and Andrew, "are going to be the leaders.'' He said Randle has already proven in summer workouts just how much of an impact he'll have for the Wildcats. ... Meanwhile, the other high-profile returnee, forward Alex Poythress isn't being asked to be a leader for Kentucky. "I just need him to play,'' said Calipari, "just play. He's not going to be a guy who stands up and tells people where to go. He's not that vocal. He just needs to play. Our leadership will come from one of those freshmen."
That's a good sign for Kentucky if Randle and the Harrisons are displaying signs of leadership already. They were the "alpha male" personalities Calipari referenced earlier in the summer, and will probably be the three players who play the most minutes.
It's a delicate act to have freshmen as leaders, but Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Anthony Davis proved it could work two years ago.
We all know how that season ended up.