On this edition of Wildcat Country, host Curtis Burch and SEC Country writer Kyle Tucker talk about the new exhibition game between Kentucky and Morehead State for charity. Get injury updates on Jarred Vanderbilt, and we discuss the stampede that Kentucky coach John Calipari caused by sitting at a different table at the SEC’s basketball media day.
We hear comments from Calipari. He said they had their best practice this week and discusses hitting the panic button. Calipari also talks about Hamidou Diallo and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. With the current injury to Jermal Baker, UK will need shooting. Calipari had really nice things to say about Sacha Killeya-Jones and Wenyen Gabriel, calling him a top-three player on the team.
Calipari also discussed “keeping his house in order” when it comes to the current NCAA/FBI scandal and his program. Calipari talked about how he would improve college basketball through a loan system. Finally, he was asked about paying players.
We also hear from Wenyen Gabriel on his improved confidence, and who he is facing off against in practice. Plus we find out who he thinks has the best hair on the team.
Hamidou Diallo also has thoughts, plus he sets the record straight on how to pronounce his name. You can call him Hami.
Kentucky was picked to finish atop the SEC in the media poll. There was a three-way tie for player of the year in the league, but none of those three are Wildcats.