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    Richards, bigs to train like guards

    By LARRY VAUGHT

    Kentucky coach John Calipari has confidence that center Nick Richards is going to have a more productive sophomore season.

    "Hes gotten way more comfortable, way more confident, way more physical," Calipari said Thursday on the SEC summer coaches teleconference. "But hes going to have to demonstrate performance in games so that he builds his own confidence.

    "Its not what Im going to do or what I say. Hes gotta go do it. Were working with him every day."

    But Calipari has bigger plans for him -- along with P.J. Washington, E.J. Montgomery and Reid Travis.

    "I want him to train as though hes a guard. I want him to have those kinds of skills at the end of the day. Just like Reid. Just like PJ and just like EJ," Calipari said.

    None have shown they can be 3-point threats in college. However, with the positionless style of play in the NBA, Calipari knows his four "bigs" need to show they can do more than score inside.

    "They all are being trained as though theyre guards, but I want them to finish like theyre bigs," Calipari said. "I said to PJ and Reid, You two are bulls. You two are so physical. You dont want to get away from that, but undersized bullies dont make it in that next level. Youve got to have great movement. Youve gotta be able to fly up and down the court. You better be able to space the court out. You dont have to make them all out there. You just cant miss them all out there.

    "Those are the things were working on with all of these guys.
    Last edited by KeithKSR; 06-29-2018 at 09:46 AM.

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    Re: Richards, bigs to train like guards

    Thanks, Keith...man, my brain is on hold this morning.

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    Re: Richards, bigs to train like guards

    Dang Cal... just rolling the balls out again. Sure wish he had some forward thinking player development strategies (Done With Extreme Sarcasm)

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    Re: Richards, bigs to train like guards

    Nick Richards=Moises globally
    Go Cats!

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    Re: Richards, bigs to train like guards

    Actually I think this is kinda new for Cal to do with bigs. Cuz, AD, KAT really never got to work on perimeter games much at UK IMO. They were pretty much low post guys only.

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    Re: Richards, bigs to train like guards

    Quote Originally Posted by TRUCKERCATFAN View Post
    Actually I think this is kinda new for Cal to do with bigs. Cuz, AD, KAT really never got to work on perimeter games much at UK IMO. They were pretty much low post guys only.
    When a big wants to stand at the 3 point line he makes them learn to play in the post. When they only know how to play in the post he's pushing them to a face up game.

    In a way it makes perfect sense, making them more well rounded and giving them better pro prospects. But it's still funny.
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    Re: Richards, bigs to train like guards

    "You know that we post our guards a lot?"
    John Calipari to Marcus Camby

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    I don't like it!! Reid Pj and Richards stay in post we have guys who can shoot

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