Jay Bilas: "Kentucky will contend for the national championship."

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Matt-JayBilas Jay Bilas was a guest on Kentucky Sports Radio radio this morning and he had some wonderful things to say about John Calipari, Julius Randle, Andrew Harrison and the Kentucky basketball team. You can listen to the entire interview in the first hour of today's podcast over at TalkRadio1080.com, or if listening isn't your thing, you can find some of the quotes below. On John Calipari, the person... "John Calipari is not only a great coach, I think everybody knows that; he's a Hall of Famer and has won championships, Final Fours, he's won everywhere he has been, but he's a great a human being. He's a great guy -- not a good guy, but a GREAT guy." On if Kentucky has the makeup to win it all... "Kentucky will contend for the national championship this year." "With the talent level, the depth, and then the guard play, Kentucky is going to have really good capable guards that can not only handle it but shoot it, so I think you'll see Kentucky go back to some of the dribble-drive motion principles." On Julius Randle, after seeing him play pickup games in the Craft Center... "He can be one of the top players in the country this year. He's going to be one of the top draft picks when he comes out. He has a maturity level in his body and how he plays; I think he's got a little Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in him with how hard he goes after it and how hard he competes." "When he puts on the floor with one dribble, nobody could stop him. He's so powerful; he's going to shoot a lot of free throws." On Andrew Harrison... "With the weapons he is going to have around him, I think he can be especially effective because he has really good size and can absorb a bump and still finish a play. And he can handle it and penetrate, he's a good passer. And he's a really good kid." On what Kentucky needs to work on now to be ready in March... "The first thing for the entire group of new players, and for some of the sophomore too, is to talk more. They're very quiet; there's not a lot of talk out there, not a lot of talk on defense, not a lot of communication. Now it was a pickup game -- will there be some in a regular game? It'd be better, but it wouldn't be to the level they would want it or need it. And there's not a lot of time to work on it. Even a pickup game is an opportunity."   The Billastrator has spoken.

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2021-09-21