BIRMINGHAM, AL. (AP) - Kentucky coach John Calipari brought in a different kind of one-and-done player: Stanford graduate transfer Reid Travis.
The Wildcats blend promising freshmen with the veteran Travis and returning players like PJ Washington, Quade Green and Nick Richards. One clear sign of that maturity shows up in less yelling at practice.
"I literally haven't raised my voice since we've started and I've had probably three or four teams that I haven't had to raise my voice all season," Calipari said at Wednesday's SEC media day.
Travis is a two-time All-Pac 12 Conference pick who averaged 19.5 points and 8.7 rebounds per game last season. Kentucky's only preseason first-team All-SEC pick definitely hasn't needed the hard talking-tos.
Calipari says, "He's my age. What am I going to say to him?"
He says Travis isn't trying to instantly take over leadership of the team, but is letting his role in that regard evolve naturally.