Calipari said it was an “OK” performance by his freshman.
“He’s got a ways to go. You saw him get to the rim and what he can do. You saw him in the pick-and-roll make good decisions and there were a couple where he chose not to pass the ball and there were bad decisions when the guy was open. Just pass it to the guy,” Calipari said. “Because sometimes you get in the mode of, ‘I’m going to make something happen. I’m going to get this ball and shoot.’ Well, you’ve got to make really easy plays when you’re in that point guard position because you’re going to have the ball a lot.
“He’s got a team full of guys that he’s going to keep up with the balance as far as scoring. But we’ve got a lot of guys that can put it down.”
Teague admits learning when to put the hammer down and when to slow the pace and run the offense has been a tough transition.
“It’s tough to figure out because in high school I was used to being able to do what I want, and sometimes you’ve got to be able to pull it back,” he said.,
Calipari wasn’t particularly thrilled with either team’s defense Wednesday, and Teague admits there is a lot of work to go in that area. But he knows the Cats can be a good defensive team if they play together.
“Just pressure the ball and have a lot of help, not making each other feel like we’re out on an island by ourself,” he said. “Really, we didn’t give too much effort on defense today. But when we pick it up, we’ll be better on defense.”
The fact that Calipari said Kentucky could press 30 to 40 percent of the time excited Teague.
“That’s how I like to play, get up in you on defense and make you turn it over so we can create fast break offense,” he said.
Mostly, Teague thought Wednesday’s scrimmage was a good learning experience for himself.
Just keep being a leader on the floor and doing whatever coach Cal asks,”Teague said. “He’s real particular about things he wants you to do out on the floor. So you’ve really got to focus in. I’m just trying to focus in on what he’s telling me.”