November 3rd, 2010 11:26 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Kentucky
Tags: John Wall, Pikeville College, Rupp Arena, UK
Brandon Knight is not John Wall. He’s not playing with the same teammates who Wall shared the Rupp Arena court with last year. And the expectations are not the same for Knight and this year’s Kentucky team.
That said, Knight will be compared to Wall all season long. It’s not fair, but it is a fact.
Now perhaps it’s just his style or play or perhaps he was trying to shine against Wall’s considerable shadow, but UK’s freshman point guard tried to be Mr. Everything in the Wildcats exhibition opener against Pikeville College this week. According to John Calipari he tried to do too much.
“You can’t just drive in the first play of the game,” Calipari said of Knight’s play. “You get everybody involved. He’s got a green light, so get everyone involved (first). Then when you see spots, go take your play.”
“What he does and what I like is he’s a fighter. He just took it and drove it like, ‘I’m going to do it.’ So at the time, I’m going to let him just go. If nobody else wants to do it, do it all. But we can’t win that way. we have to have him run our club.”
Knight responded well to the criticism after the game and it will be interesting to see how his game develops over the course of the season. But one thing is guaranteed — he will be compared to Wall all year long. And that could be enough to make some players try to do too much.
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