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By Tim Letcher
University of Kentucky

Kentucky’s incoming freshmen are a talented group that was ranked as the nation’s top recruiting class. Included in that group are three big men who are already making their presence felt on this year’s team.

Cam’Ron Fletcher, Isaiah Jackson and Lance Ware comprise the front court players, with each bringing a strong pedigree to the team. But the three play in different ways and could all see the floor at the same time this season.

Cam’Ron Fletcher

Fletcher, a 6-foot-6 forward from St. Louis, continues to try to prove people wrong, including those who never thought he could, or would, play at Kentucky.

“非常令人兴奋,”弗莱彻说。“有些人以为我永远不会在这里,但我刚刚把尾巴工作到了这里,我只想证明每个人都错了。”

As for what Fletcher does well, he cites intangibles.

“我要去地板。我要肮脏。我要做所有的小事,“弗莱彻说。“宽松的球。我要去所有松散的球。我在播放防守。我不希望任何人得分。我只是一只动物。“

至于他在名人堂教练约翰卡利帕里的第一年的第一年,弗莱彻只是每天都试图学习一些东西。

“我知道它会挑战,艰难,”弗莱彻说。“我只是在做教练要求我做的事情。练习现在很好。“

Jackson, a 6-foot-10 forward from Pontiac, Michigan, has been the talk of fall practice so far for the Cats. The big man’s ability to protect the rim has caught the eye of the coaches and his teammates.

“最让我留下深刻印象的人可能是isaiah,”Sophomore Jacob Toppin说。“他很久了,他到处都是。他活跃了。他正在变成街区,一直都会变成街区。他很好地反弹球。他肯定会成为我们的重要因素。“

The attention is something Jackson appreciates, but largely tries to deflect.

Isaiah Jackson

“It’s good. It’s good publicity, but I really don’t try to look at those things,” Jackson said. “I like to think of myself as an underdog. Me thinking like that, I feel like I can show a lot of people what I can do and surprise a lot of people. I don’t really look at those types of things. I just try to go out there and play hard every day and try to get better.”

It has been his ability to block shots that has had his teammates talking. That’s something for which Jackson is becoming known.

“Yeah, I sort of have a knack for it. It’s like natural,” Jackson said. “I don’t really know how to explain it. It’s something that I guess I was born to do pretty much. It just comes naturally. I don’t even think about it; it just happens. It’s weird.”

Being a shot blocker at Kentucky, Jackson will inevitably be compared to one of the most famous such players in UK history, something he would completely embrace.

“I watched a lot of Anthony Davis, just how he played because we’re built the same,” Jackson said. “We’re tall, long, can block shots and do everything. I mean, me growing up, to be honest, I was always a Kentucky fan so when Anthony Davis got here, I was always watching Kentucky.”

洁具,新泽西州卡姆登前进的6英尺高,被称为可以为团队带来能源的球员,他没有不同意的东西。

“That’s definitely true. I definitely try to just mix things up, attack the glass and just play with a lot of energy because sometimes that’s half the battle,” Ware said. “Just try to get your team going and if someone doesn’t bring the energy and the fact that they see me playing hard or chasing loose rebounds and doing all of the little stuff, it just rubs off on the team in a positive way. So, that’s kind of what I do.”

虽然印第安纳州的助手,新英国助理教练Bruiser Flint招聘洁具,所以他很了解新生。

兰斯洁具

“你从招聘中学到的一件事是他是一个令人难以置信的篮板手,”弗林特说。“他可以去找球。(如果)球不会靠近他,他可以去他的地区拿出球。我认为他被采取了。“

洁具仍在开发他真正的邮政游戏,但他面向篮筐是一个大人物的完全舒适。

“Mid-post with a catch and face-up game. It all depends kind of on who is guarding me,” Ware said. “I’m getting stronger, so I have a little bit of a back-down, back-to-the-basket game with jump hooks and all of that. But, just trying to make one move and try to get by my defender and finish at the rim and if they sag off a little, I can definitely hit the jumper.”

杰克逊甚至器皿比作奥利维尔·萨尔mething that Ware considers to be high praise.

“我的意思是,这是一个恭维,诚实。“奥利维尔是一个非常熟练的球员”。“显然,他是7英尺,我是6-9,6-10。Olivier真的可以射击它,非常多样化。所以,老实说,我不违法,老实说。我认为这是一个恭维。显然,是一个年长的家伙,只是他对游戏的了解和他反弹的能力,块射击,就在那里。“

The three freshmen big men have already shown flashes of how good they can be. Their impact should continue to grow as the season moves forward.

UK opens the season this Wednesday at 6 p.m. when Morehead State visits Rupp Arena in the Bluegrass Showcase. Two nights later, UK will play host to Detroit Mercy at 6 p.m. The Wildcats conclude the Bluegrass Showcase on Nov. 29 with a 1 p.m. contest against Richmond.

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