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The season must be getting close, because we have our first official practice report of the basketball season.

NCAA rules permit two hours of practice for men's basketball teams and 20 beginning on Friday and John Calipari is taking advantage of the chance to work with his young team. Eric Lindsey from was there for one such practice on Monday and provided a breakdown of what he saw.

Make sure you check out the full post, but here are a few highlights:

  • The first thing that struck me when practice began is the sheer numbers and individual competition. There were times last year -- especially after injuries and during key points in the season -- when there weren't even enough guys to be able to practice 5-on-5. When they did have enough, it was often comprised of walk-ons. With all due respect to the walk-ons, that doesn't bode well for improvement. As Coach Cal often says, competition breeds improvement. Where last year's second team sometimes consisted of walk-ons, this year's second team will feature McDonald's All-Americans. That makes a monumental difference in development.
  • OK, on to some individual observations. The first one goes to the guys I was most impressed with. In fact, let me just say I was a bit stunned. I know Marcus Lee was a McDonald's All-American. I know he was one of the best players in high school last season. But wow, he is an athletic freak. He does some things that make you shake your head in disbelief. I know Anthony Davis was here two years ago and made some plays that were hard to believe, and I'm not necessarily comparing Lee to Davis, but the kid possesses some athletic traits that very few people have. He jumps like a pogo stick, runs like a deer, and, despite how thin he is at this moment, throws down dunks with authority.

Link:'s first practice report of 2013-14

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