LEXINGTON - Take a few servings of competitive spirit, a healthy dose of will to win, and let it marinate in a town of Detroit Pistons basketball known for its no-nonsense defense and you end up with highly recruited Kentucky freshman guard Joe Crawford.
"He's the most mature freshman as far as his knowledge of the game de-fensively," Kentucky coach Tubby Smith said. "You can see his athleticism in the way he can pop up off of the floor."
But this transition hasn't been as smooth as Crawford and Smith would like. In two exhibition games, Crawford has had ample playing time averaging 19 minutes per game. However, he was 0-for-4 from beyond the 3-point arc and 4-for-8 overall from the field with four personal fouls in his UK debut.
"I was glad to see Joe Crawford shoot and score better," Smith said after UK's exhibition win over Kentucky Wesleyan last week. "Although he's not making his jump shot very well right now, he will."