UK Men's Basketball

Cats share the ball in second session at Memorial

Freshman Darius Miller came down the right side in transition. He threw a lob to the left side of the basket that Ramon Harris caught with one hand and then dunked.

Thus ended an entertaining hour of pickup basketball featuring Kentucky players Saturday.

The play came with about a minute left on the running clock. Maybe the players stopped at that point and gathered in a smile-filled group at center court because they realized no better punctuation was possible. Or maybe the dunk won the game.

Either way, the play served to re-enforce the overall impression made in Memorial Coliseum. These players seemed able and — more importantly — willing to share the ball.

In UK's first public session of pickup games earlier this semester, the imprint made on the mind was an upgrade in athleticism from last season.

On Saturday, the various parts showed signs of meshing.

Individually, a player that stood out was freshman Donald Williams. Unlike the first public workout, he got a lot done. He hit a jumper over Patrick Patterson, a layup in traffic and a pull-up three-pointer.

The pickup games re-affirmed the return to health of Jodie Meeks and Patterson.

The games also included Madisonville High School standout and UK recruit Jon Hood.