By LARRY VAUGHT
For the second straight season, Kentucky will have a grad transfer to bolster its inside presence.
Last year Stanford grad transfer was a God-send for the Cats and almost helped get UK to the Final Four. Next season it will be Bucknell grad transfer Nate Sestina hopefully bolstering UK’s frontcourt of EJ Montgomery and Nick Richards.
Kentucky coach John Calipari wants UK fans to know that Travis and Sestina are different players. However, he says that Sestina is “physically strong, great kid” who has the right mentality about being at UK.
“Knows he’s gotta work, nothing’s going to be given to him. He wants to see how good he can be and the way you get better here is the day-to-day grind, mastering your craft, falling back on that work, playing competitively every day in practice and every day in the summer. Should be fun,” Calipari said.
Calipari believes the 2019-20 team has a “great group” and hopes Sestina will have a locker room impact much like Travis did.
“You can’t come here and be totally into yourself, or it’s all about me taking all the shots or somebody who’s aloof and stands off. You can’t be in this program and make that,” Calipari said. “There are other programs where one or two guys shoot all the balls and do all the other stuff — that’s not here. It’s just not here.
“So I would expect us to have a good crew of kids and that’s why by the end of the year we’re playing our best basketball. We’ll keep growing because you’ve got a bunch of good guys that know the staff’s in it for them. They need to be in it for each other and your team eventually gets to where they need to go by the end of the year.”