Beal was a four-year letterman at Covington Holmes High School. He led his team to a 33-3 record last year with a 23.6 point scoring average. An excellent leaper, Beal also averaged 8.3 assists and hit 55 percent from the field as a high school senior.
"All of our freshmen are outstanding both on the floor and off," Hall said. "They are talented and also work very hard. We expect every one of them to contribute to our team this season."
The Wildcats began practice following what Hall termed "the best conditioning and weight-lifting program we've ever had."
"Nearly every weightlifting and running record we have has been broken this season," he said. "If the work exhibited by our players during our conditioning program carries over, we will have an enthusiastic, determined team."
If the youthful talent blends together and does offset inexperience, the 1980 81 season should be another exciting one for Kentucky fans.
HALL ON THE STRENGTHS OF THE 1980 81 SQUAD W> havi- .i cirr.it mini ber of talented players. We should be much stronger inside. Wo have excellent size and excellent depth. Our players worked very hard during our conditioning program, and continued hard work is expected and that is always an asset." HALL ON THE WEAKNESS OF THE 1980-81 SQUAD-"We are very inexperienced with nine freshmen and sophomores. We will probably be overrated in the preseason polls because those predicting will not take inexperience into account. That will put unusual pressure on our young players. Wo are especially inexperienced in the backcourt."
HALL ON THE 1980-81 FRESHMEN — "We expect our freshmen to be a very important part of our squad. They will be called on to contribute immediately. While we have some experience inside, Master and Beal will have to be counted on heavily at guard."
HALL ON THE SEC RACE —"There are several teams in the conference that return almost intact. Vanderbilt, LSU, Alabama, and Auburn all return four starters. Georgia returns outstanding talent to go with an excellent recruiting class. All in all, I again expect the race to be very balanced and exciting."
1980-81 WILDCATS AT A GLANCE
Lettermen Lost From 1979-80 Team (3)
KYLE MACY (6-3, G)-Two-time Ail-American, three-time All-SEC . . . Ranks 13th on Kentucky's all-time scoring list with 1,411 points . . . Led team in minutes played, scoring, assists, and free throw percentage . . . Co-Captain and great clutch performer.
LAVON WILLIAMS (6-7, F)-Co-Captain and starter . . . Ranked fourth on the team in scoring and third in rebounding ... Hit 53 percent from the field and 85 percent from the free throw line . . . Started 33 of the 35 games.
JAY SHIDLER (6-1, G) — Started eight games last season . . . Averaged 6.2 points per game and hit 49 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free throw line . . . Scored 733 points.