UK Men’s Basketball Media Day 2022-2023

Local media outlets were recntly invited to Memorial Coliseum to chat with players + Coach Cal about the upcoming 2022-2023 season.

photos from media day

Coach Cal is looking to seniors Jacob Toppin + Oscar Tshiebwe to be leaders for his young guys. | Photos by LEXtoday

Here are three things to note about this year’s upcoming season:

1) There’s a local Wildcat on the team.

  • Brennan Canada is a 6-ft 5-in senior forward from Mt. Sterling, KY.
  • Quote: “He’s the kind of kid that can play four different positions,” said Coach Cal.
  • Need to know: This is Brennan’s last season. Look for him to make his mark down the stretch.

2) Eastern Kentucky’s resiliency is inspiring.

  • Coach Cal’s first comments were about this coal miner from Eastern Kentucky.
  • Quote: "[Miners] they go down together and they come up together. They hold each other accountable. That’s written on my team’s wall now,” said Coach Cal.

3) Shooting + defense

  • Look for CJ Frederick + Antonio Reeves to bring more perimeter shooting this year, something — some say — was missing from last year’s team.
  • Quote: “Legally, I have to play five players — that’s it. These young guys, if they don’t play defense, they don’t play,” said Coach Cal.

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