The full-court press is returning to UK Hoops

Head Coach Matthew Mitchell says the Cats have enough depth this season to bring back their disruptive full-court press.


LEXINGTON, KY (WTVQ)- It’s been the missing tool in UK’s defense the past two season, but now it’s finally returning. The full-court press has been revived.

The defensive-staple of a Mathew Mitchell coached team hasn’t been able to use it due to depth purposes, but now there’s enough depth to bring it back.

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At Tuesday’s Media Days Mitchell said it’s not where it needs to be, but with the kind of three point shooting and versatility on the roster, it could be an exciting team to watch this season.

“It’s alive and kicking. I shouldn’t say alive and well yet, because it doesn’t look too great right now, but we’re committed to it. It fits our personnel, said Mitchell. “We don’t have any 6-5 or 6-6 players, so we don’t have a big, big front court presence, but we do have size across the board. We have several players, who are athletic, fast, explosive in that 6-1 to 6-3 range that can really move.”

While the Wildcats missed the NCAA Tournament last season, it isn’t being used in practice as a motivator. Instead, the expectation is to return to the field of 64.

Meanwhile, one cat did receive a nation accolade Tuesday. Senior Maci Morris was named to the Amy Meyers Drysdale Award Watchlist.

The award is given out to the top shooting guard in the country.

Last season, Morris averaged 17.3 points per game, while finishing second in the country in three-point shooting percentage at a 48-percent clip. That lights-out shooting was also a school record.

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas