Kentucky was one of the hottest teams in college basketball before the NCAA Tournament was cancelled in March, so head coach John Calipari is surely itching to get back to work with his team in preparation for the 2020-21 season.
Kentucky will reportedly carry out all mandated coronavirus protocols and Calipari even acknowledged that the Joe Craft Practice Facility and the Wildcat Coal Lodge should provide them with a bubble of sorts that will help keep the players isolated amid the recent uptick in positive cases throughout the country.
Calipari also noted that COVID-19 may force him to change his annual preseason routine in terms of getting players prepared for the upcoming campaign.
"We're doing Zoom calls," said Calipari. "We're going to start doing video. We're going to do more tape work than I've ever done. I'm more into the mental toughness, the physical readiness, the conditioning, the weight strength, the diet to get that base set versus 'here's how we play.' I can get to that but we're going to be forced to do it earlier. It may be better."
Wildcats Nation will be thrilled to hear how motivated Calipari is to get back to work. After all, Kentucky lost all five of its starters to the NBA Draft and will be welcoming a total of 10 new players to its roster, which includes the No. 1 recruiting class.