Calipari aware of frosh’s talent, not nameby Steve Rivera on Dec. 20, 2006, under Sports
Outside of not knowing how to pronounce Chase Budinger’s last name, Memphis coach John Calipari is amazed by the Arizona freshman – even if he hasn’t seen much of the curly haired UA freshman from San Diego.
“As I get older I get lazier,” Calipari joked. “So when I go watch a game and I’m not recruiting the kid, I’m not looking at him.”
And Calipari didn’t recruit the former McDonald’s All-American.
He has had people tell him Budinger is the real deal and that Budinger has an “unbelievable attitude.”
A friend of Calipari’s told him that Budinger carries himself like he’s the best player in the world. “Well then (if you think that), you’re usually going to play pretty well,” said Calipari, who referred to Budinger as Bodinger. “What I’ve seen on tape is that he doesn’t care that he’s a freshman.”
Budinger had one bad game – at San Diego State. In that game, it appeared he tried to do too much. He finished with just five points in 31 minutes. It was 14 points below his average at the time.
“I don’t think I played that bad,” he said. “I just didn’t score, but I think I did other things well. I wasn’t down on myself, so I don’t think that game affected me, so against Houston I just played my game.”
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