Brandon Knight is impressing people left and right after his tremendous play in Canada. Even though he wasn't playing against elite competition, Knight's play in Canada left UK fans with excitement for the upcoming season. Knight scored 31, 17, and 27 in UK's three exhibition games.
One person who Knight has impressed is UK junior Darius Miller. In Larry Vaught's article for the Winchester Sun, Miller said the following about Knight. “He always does that since we have been playing with him,” Miller said Monday after Knight’s performance in the Wildcats’ 96-68 win over Western Ontario at the St. Denis Center. “He makes plays for himself or others. If there is not anything, he gives the ball to others. Yesterday, he finished because nobody could stop him.”
Knight also made an impression on Western Ontario's coach Bradley Campbell after carving up the Mustangs. “Brandon Knight, I am not sure if would be considered a bigger guard, but he is a super athletic slasher. That is something we don’t see often. That is very special,” Campbell said.
Coach Cal is still trying to determine what will be the best offense to use for Knight. Cal ran more pick and rolls for Brandon in Canada than he did last season. “I don’t know if some of these guys can beat people the way guys have in the past,” Calipari said. “If you can’t, go pick-and-roll. In college, that is different than the NBA. A lot of times you run the pick-and-roll to get into a play.
“When you have had the point guards I’ve had, you don’t want to bring two defenders to that guy. But for this team, it might be a great way to start the offense and get other players shots. I just want to mess around and see how we do.”
Freshman forward Terrence Jones is impressing Calipari with his toughness. Jones, who was played in the first game in Canada, sat out the remaining trip after complaining about a nagging shoulder injury. A MRI revealed that Jones had a stress fracture of the rib. “You can’t say he’s a momma’s boy,” said Calipari. “He cannot move his arm, but he practiced five to seven days.”