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LOOK: Ugonna Onyenso and Adou Thiero Undergo Body Transformations Ahead of Next Season

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As incoming freshmen last season, Ugonna Onyenso and Adou Thiero were viewed as projects who would need a lot of development before they could contribute at Kentucky. Part of the main reason for that is that they needed to improve on their physicality.

Ugonna Onyenso

The 7-footer, with a near 90-inch wingspan, came in last season with some already impressive physical gifts. However, his slim frame posed as a weakness against physical bigs, making him unplayable at times, especially in SEC play.

Since the conclusion of last season, Onyenso has put some meat on his bones. He has added 12 lbs of pure muscle, ascending from 222 lbs to 234 lbs. In addition, his body fat percentage decreased from 11% to an unreal 7.6%! His vertical jump also increased from 29″ to 34″.

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You can see why John Calipari said Onyenso would be “one of the best big men in the country” for yourself below:

Adou Thiero

Similarly to Onyenso, Adou Thiero arrived at Kentucky with an astounding physical frame, but he was in need of some extra size and strength. As a freshman, Thiero entered the season at 6’4 and 180 lbs. The combo guard has built himself into the stature of a potential 3 or 4.

Now, Thiero stands at a towering 6’7 and 210 lbs. He truly went from meek and mild to big and strong. John Calipari had high praise for Thiero as well, saying he “will have a huge impact on college basketball.”

Take a look at Adou Thiero’s insane body transformation below:

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Much of the credit for building Onyenso and Thiero up should go to Brady Welsh. Last season was Welsh’s first season as the Strength & Conditioning coach for the men’s basketball team. He was previously with Purdue during the 2021-2022 season.

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Kentucky Takes Down Arkansas 111-102 in Rupp Arena Track Meet

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Kentucky won their third consecutive game on Saturday as the Wildcats downed the Hogs 111-102 in Rupp Arena. It was a back-and-forth affair from the tip to the final horn, but it was the good guys who came away with the win.

Aaron Bradshaw, back from the dead

For six consecutive games, Aaron Bradshaw failed to get into double-digits in the scoring column. His minutes were being heavily reduced, and it seemed like he was slipping further and further down the rotation.

However, against Arkansas, Bradshaw shook off his cold spell with a 15-point performance. The 7-1 freshman shot 4-4 from the field while going 6-8 from the charity stripe. Even in just 12 minutes of game time, he made sure to leave his impression on the game.

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Rob Dillingham is just too shifty

Well, well, well, if it isn’t Mr. Shifty himself, Rob Dillingham. The former OTE up-and-comer has been a very pleasant surprise for John Calipari and Kentucky this season, and that was no different against the Razorbacks.

Dillingham scored 15 points while racking up five assists against Arkansas. It seemed like this was going to be one of his off days, but he channeled his inner Allen Iverson, upping his game in the clutch.

Tre Mitchell struggles in his return

Now, for the not-so-great stuff.

The good news is that Tre Mitchell made his long-awaited return to the hardwood after suffering a shoulder injury against Ole Miss. Unfortunately, the bad news is that it wasn’t a great outing for him.

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Mitchell went 0-5 (0-3 3PT) as his only two points came from the free throw line. Perhaps one redeeming part about his effort against Arkansas were his three rebounds during his 16-minute run on the floor. He hasn’t scored 10+ points in a game since Kentucky’s first matchup with the Razorbacks back on January 27th.


Next up are the Vanderbilt Commodores who sit at 8-20 (3-12 SEC). Kentucky will be back home for the last time this season on Wednesday in a late 9:00 p.m. EST tip.

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John Wall Recalls Pranking Demarcus Cousins Before Playing Together at Kentucky, Telling Him Was Going to Duke

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Could you imagine if John Wall chose another school? What about Duke? Well, DeMarcus Cousins thought that was happening right before Wall’s high school commitment.

During the first episode of Wall’s new Podcast, the Point Game Podcast, Wall brought Cousins on to be his first guest and talked about a prank he played on his former teammate.

Through high school, the duo always planned to play together in college, but just an hour before his college announcement, Wall called Cousins and told him he would be committing to Duke before abruptly hanging up. One can only imagine what went through Cousins’ head at that time, but he definitely wasn’t happy.

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“I called Boog (Cousins), I’m like ‘Yo bro, I’m about to commit to Duke,’ and I hung up on him,” Wall said. “Do you want to tell me all the times he called me all type of names? ‘Bro you really sold me out, you doing this…”

Cousins says it hit him hard in that moment. “Bro, I was sick,” Cousins said. “Leading up to that f****** phone call, dude told me like ‘Bro, I got you, bro, like we going to school together.’” Cousins says he kept calling Wall after the prank call. “So I hit back, I call bro like ten times, like ‘Yo what’s up.”

All joking aside, Wall says he had his mind made up long before that day. “When I seen D-rose play in the first game at The Garden against Oklahoma, I said no brainer what school I’m going to.”

More like, what coach he was going to play for, in John Calipari.

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The John Calipari era may have looked totally different had Wall and Cousins gone elsewhere, but thankfully they didn’t, and they helped Kentucky basketball reemerge from the depths the program had fallen during the Billy Gillespie era.

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John Calipari Provides Injury Update on Tre Mitchell Ahead Of Arkansas Game

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John Calipari was on his weekly radio show on Wednesday night, where he touched on Tuesday’s big win and more, but added an update on Tre Mitchell’s status for Saturday’s game against Arkansas.

Mitchell has missed four straight games with a shoulder injury suffered against Ole Miss, and is also still trying to recover fully from a lingering back issue. Calipari says Mitchell could be close to returning. “He’ll practice a couple of days and let’s see where he is,” he said on Tuesday following Kentucky’s win at Mississippi State.

Calipari reiterated that again on his radio show Wednesday night, saying it all comes down to practice. “We’ve got to see if Tre will be able to play, if he goes a couple practices, we’ll see.” Calipari said on his radio show. “That time off…how much can you really play him, and how do you start playing him? But, we’ll see in practice.”

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Calipari says Mitchell could be a little rusty after having some time off. “For us, what’s been special with him playing is it gives you another three-point shooter. But again, that was DJ, shooting 40 percent, took two and a half weeks off, didn’t touch a ball, and he was not making any shots, and now Tre was probably 37-38 percent and took this time off. We’ll have to see.”

As of now, KY Insider’s Tristan Pharis would lean that Mitchell will play limited action, starting a ramp-up to get him back to close to 100% by the start of the SEC Tournament on March 13th, a little less than two weeks away.

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