"He is a little bit ahead in what we are running on offense. He is the greatest kid. Here is a kid that comes into my office and gives me a hug. He will come in, not say anything, walk up, hug me and leave. He is unique and special. The kid next to me is unique and special (Patrick Patterson)."
Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun said Wall plays above his age.
"He's no freshman, he's a great player," he said. "That's what he is."
Calipari said the team has embraced Wall's presence and doesn't mind Wall being in the spotlight regionally and nationally.
"I had to say this (Tuesday), we stretched out before we left to come up here, and I asked if anybody has a problem with John Wall getting all of the press, and everything is going to John Wall," he said. "I asked, 'Patrick, do you have a problem? They are not talking about you, they are all talking about him and he is averaging seven turnovers?' Patrick said, 'I don't care' and then someone else said, 'you know, coach, he is pretty good.' We are in a good position now but we are just so young. It is just torture on the sidelines sometimes."
Patterson said the win over UConn was beneficial, but added that the team hasn't played to its full potential this season. Kentucky continues its road swing at noon Saturday against Indiana in Bloomington.
"We are still young, we know that," he said. "We need to build on this. It is a learning experience, even for the returners. We have a long way to go. Hopefully we can be a top-notch Kentucky team we want to be."