Seeing the future isn’t trouble-free. It is always a tussle in deciding exactly how much of the future fans truly want to know. And there is certainly apprehension among ESPN suits and editors as to “giving things away” and “taking away the thrill of the chase, the mystery of the unfolding season.” Why would viewers view if they know the outcomes? Well, The Bilastrator cannot keep this season’s bright future to himself. That would be downright egocentric. And, as you should know, there is no person on this planet less egocentric than The Bilastrator.
He made 65 percent of his shots inside the arc as a senior. He can post up like a traditional big man. He can also put the ball on the floor and play in space.
“A motor, somebody who just doesn’t give up on plays,” Adebayo said of his playing style. “It’s just always been me. I’ve just never liked giving up on anything. It’s a bunch of us. We got our dogs on the team. Just like, the other dude in front of you, it’s personal. You take everything personal when you’re on the court.”
Added Kentucky guard Malik Monk: “He’s a dog, too. It’s crazy. Having the presence of Bam down there, knowing if you get beat off the dribble somebody is back there to block it or if you get stuck in the air on offense, you can just throw it up, he’ll Percy Harvin Jersey catch it. Then if he’s posting up, [opponents] can’t help down because if you help down, he’s gonna kick it out and we’ve got shooters. He just spaces the floor way more.”
Kentucky lacked that big-bodied athlete last season. Calipari had Karl-Anthony Towns in 2015 and Julius Randle in 2014. Without a mobile, physical center to stop him, Indiana’s Thomas Bryant scored 19 points (6-for-6 inside the arc) during Indiana’s second-round victory over Kentucky in the NCAA tournament.
That shouldn’t be a problem this season with Adebayo on the roster. The freshman says he admires Randle’s “aggression and passion” and hopes to emulate some of the outstanding bigs Kentucky has produced under Calipari.
“[The Kentucky coaches] really want to see kids succeed,” Adebayo said. “You can’t go wrong with how they do things here. You look on the wall and it’s a lot of [players] that fulfilled their dreams and I’m just trying to be the next.”
Adebayo nursed an ankle injury throughout the summer and only recently returned to practice at full speed. He’s still getting in shape, Calipari said. But Red Bryant Jersey he scored 13 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked a shots in last week’s exhibition win over Clarion.
“Bam is a beast,” Calipari said.