More notes from SEC men’s basketball media days:
— Florida coach Billy Donovan said he tinkered with playing senior center Vernon Macklin and freshman 6-foot-9 big man Patric Young together on the court for the first time in practice Wednesday. “They kind of got in each other’s way,” Donovan said. Donovan said that Young will remain exclusively at center this season, while the 6-10 Macklin is learning plays at both center and power forward.
— Kentucky coach John Calipari said that former Gators forward Eloy Vargas is adapting well to UK. “I wish he rebounded a little better,” Calipari said. “I told him that. I said ‘I thought I recruited a rebounder.’ He’s a good kid, trying.”
— Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings was miffed about the Commodores being picked to finish fifth in the SEC East. Of course, the Commodores always seem to finish ahead of their preseason projections, which is a testament to Stallings’ coaching ability. When asked about playing the no respect card again this season, Stallings responded: “That card gets kinda tiring.”
— LSU coach Trent Johnson said sophomore guard Aaron Dotson is fully recovered from knee problems that hindered him his freshman season. “He looks like a different player,” Johnson said. But Johnson said he is not going to rely on Dotson, a heralded recruit from Seattle, as the main source of offense. “It will be done by committee,” Johnson said.