Calipari gives practice report, likes athleticism

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - John Calipari is excited after getting on the court with his players for the first time. Before hitting the recruiting trail, Calipari put his team through its first skills instruction and he put out a report Thursday on

Calipari said, "These guys loooove to play basketball." He went on to say that's not true of all his teams, but these players are calling each other, texting and getting into the gym.

Calipari sounded most excited about the athleticism, he used the Harrison twins as an example. "Andrew (Harrison) went in and did a 360 (degree dunk)." said Calipari. "Well weight's down, conditioning up, Aaron (Harrison) the same. Last summer you understand, they weren't here those first two (months), they came in September and all of a sudden it took them awhile to get in shape, their weight's down, they look good."

Calipari is hopeful of a big season from junior Alex Poythress. "Alex, not the same player, he made some monster moves yesterday. Got to get him to react quicker, because we're trying to do a little, some different things."

Under NCAA rules, coaches can spend two hours per week with their teams in skill instruction at this time of year. The Cats practiced without junior Willie Cauley-Stein and freshman Trey Lyles who are coming off injuries.