LEXINGTON, Ky. – How good are Kentucky’s five 5-star freshmen? How much better are Isaiah Briscoe and the veterans? Fans will get an early look at the 2016-17 Wildcats during a practice televised on ESPNU from 7-9 p.m. on Oct. 9.
This will be the third consecutive preseason a Kentucky practice has been on live TV. Announcers Doris Burke, Seth Greenberg, Fran Fraschilla and Andy Katz will break it down while the Cats participate in agility and shooting drills as well as 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 scrimmaging. The event doubles as UK’s third on-campus NBA combine, meaning a horde of professional scouts will attend to measure and critique the team’s many pro prospects.
DraftExpress.com has freshmen De’Aaron Fox, Bam Adebayo and Malik Monk projected as 2017 first-round picks.
The TV broadcast will offer fans their first look at those guys, fellow top-25 recruits Wenyen Gabriel and Sacha Killeya-Jones and walk-on Brad Calipari, the coach’s son, together in blue and white. Among the veterans, we’ll see if Briscoe (who pulled out of the 2016 draft) has improved his shooting, if senior forward Derek Willis has tightened up his defense and just how much 7-foot sophomore Isaac Humphries has slimmed down and stepped up his game.
Basketball is almost here. The other early dates to know: Big Blue Madness Oct. 14, Blue-White scrimmage Oct. 21, exhibition opener (Clarion) Oct. 30 and the season opener (Stephen F. Austin) Nov. 11.