Cal Talks “Veterans” & Bahamas On SEC Teleconference

The date on the calendar doesn’t really matter.  In Kentucky…it’s always basketball season.  And here at the end of June, we’ve got a full slate of hardwood news.

It starts with Coach Cal.  He was on the summer SEC teleconference earlier today talking about a variety of topics, including his unusually veteran-laiden team.

A pair of juniors in Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress will spearhead a group stacked with some talented sophomores and freshmen as well.

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The first glimpse of the Cats minus WCS and freshman big man Trey Lyles will be in the Bahamas in August.

A trip Cal plans to get a lot out of and that’s because it’ll be against some stiff competition in various national teams including the Dominican Republic and a solid Puerto Rican reserves squad.

More from Cal in the video.

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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at