New assistants competitive, even with each other

Kentucky’s assistants are as competitive in their offices and on the recruiting trail as Matthew Mitchell expects his players to be on the playing floor.

He thinks that bodes well for the future.

Their fire really attracted Mitchell to Adeniyi Amadou and Christian Stefanopoulos.

“I just needed some incredible competitive, aggressive energy in recruiting and they both had that,” he said, noting that they’re competitive (in a good way) with each other.

Stefanopoulos joked that they’ve started competing to see who will leave his or her office last each day.

“We complement each other really, really well,” Stefanopoulos said “I learn from him every day and that’s talking about things that we might disagree about, but when the conversation is over, we are on the same page. To me, that’s worth more than anything.”

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at
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