Kentucky's graduate student transfer Julius Mays might be a newcomer, but he's quickly becoming a coach on the court for John Calipari.
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky coach John Calipari says his newcomer to the Wildcats, Julius Mays, isn't afraid to be vocal on the floor, and his teammates respect him - leadership a team depending on significant contributions from four freshman and a two sophomores will need this season.
While Mays is in his first year at Kentucky, he has more playing experience at the collegiate level than any of his fellow Wildcats. The transfer from Wright State via North Carolina State says his teammates know that anything he says to them on the court isn't personal, and they are willing to listen and be led by him.
Calipari pointed to an instance during UK's 74-28 exhibition win over Transylvania on Monday night exemplifying Mays' leadership.
Calipari said there was a play in which Mays knocked a ball loose from behind on a Transy player's drive that rolled right in front of UK's Alex Poythress, but Poythress did not dive for the ball. Calipari said he saw Mays go to Poythress and tell him that he needs to get on the floor to go after loose balls like that.