By LARRY VAUGHT
Freshman Bam Adebayo is averaging 12.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and almost two blocked shots per game and shooting 52 percent from the field after nine games. He’s also got to the foul line a team-high 62 times going into Sunday’s game against Hofstra in Brooklyn.
Yet Kentucky assistant coach Joel Justus said Friday that there was a lot more to come from Adebayo in part because of his work ethic.
“Bam is one of the first guys to practice every day. He is another guy who wants to get better every day. He asks questions. He is inquisitive. He is a guy that just wants to engage you in any way so that you can help him get better,” Justus said.
“He is always a guy that is listening. When you first get to know him, he’s a very bright kid and that is the thing that I, and we as a staff have been the most impressed with him – how much he wants to learn, how great he listens and how much he wants to improve every day.”
Justus said Adebayo works with head coach John Calipari or does extra work with assistant coach Kenny Payne regularly.
“He asks everybody questions. He comes by the office. He just wants to be around. For someone that age, that shows tremendous maturity on his part. If he keeps that up, he is going to go further than any of us can limit right now,” Justus said.
“By just putting one thing that he can improve, he is going to be that guy – like some of the guys we have here – that just goes beyond and you just go, ‘Holy cow.’ ”