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One reason Johnny Juzang came to UK was to learn to deal with adversity

Johnny Juzang (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Sometimes players believe they have a good feel for what it will be like to play basketball at Kentucky for coach John Calipari.

Freshman Johnny Juzang says UK basketball has been “everything I expected” so far and the adjustment has not been a lot different from what he expected.

“It’s definitely been a huge adjustment from high school basketball to playing for Kentucky is like two different worlds. But it’s been a great one, honestly,” Juzang said. “Everybody is learning and growing from this, on the court and off the court.”

In a strange way, the loss to Evansville last month was part of what prompted Juzang to pick UK.

“You can learn a lot from a loss. That’s actually the reason I picked the place. This is a great platform here, so that’s part of it. Great coaching staff, great place to learn. But another big reason I picked (UK) was I wanted all of that adversity and challenge because that’s how you learn about yourself and grow,” Juzang said.

“I kind of expected all of that. I feel like I’ve grown a lot.”

Still, despite making his first start last week, he knows there is plenty of room to continue growing.

“On the court, just being a complete player and trying to find ways to impact the game, outside of scoring. You’re fighting for minutes and now, guess what, you’ve got to be one of the best defenders, one of the best rebounders, one of the best teammates,” Juzang said.

“All of the other stuff, outside of scoring and offense, is something that it’s really pushed me to do, rounding out my game.”

1 comment

  1. If this mentality is truly ingrained in his thinking, he is way ahead of the game. We are lucky to have him at Kentucky-Go Johnny Go!

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