Kentucky will be relatively old this coming season. But the team will again be the Kiddie Cats, UK Coach John Calipari said Tuesday.
Speaking on a teleconference promotion for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Classic, Calipari noted how Kentucky would have a senior (Alex Poythress), a junior (Marcus Lee) and a sophomore (Tyler Ulis) in its rotation.
"We're, like, old for us," he said. "That's, like, an old team."
Yet Kentucky will continue to be dependent on freshmen, like it has in Calipari's six previous seasons as coach.
"Good chance we'll start three freshmen," Calipari said, "which is typical for us."
Those three are likely Skal Labissiere, Jamal Murray and Isaiah Briscoe.
"We're not 10 deep/two platoons," Calipari said. "We'll probably play six, seven or eight, depending on who deserves it. And we'll go from there."
Calipari sounded upbeat as he described Kentucky's progress this preseason.
"I like our guards," he said. "Our big guys are catching up."
Poythress is returning after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament last season. "Alex is becoming more and more healthy each time we step on the court," Calipari said.
Lee is establishing his role. Labissiere is showing more fight.
"We're going to be fine," Calipari said. "We're still trying to figure out who we are. That's going to be the challenge."