Doron Lamb a kid at heart



Doron Lamb rattled off sports he’s played — and, in his eyes, played well — other than basketball, the sport he plays best.

“I was a great swimmer,” Lamb said. “Played baseball. Ran track for like, a month. But then I stopped that. I got tired.”

What was that swimming part?

“My mom watched a movie on Lifetime,” Lamb explained. “Some kid couldn’t swim and she drowned and died. My mom always said when I have a son, he’ll know how to swim.”

So Lamb took lessons — at a YMCA in New York, where he said he would go to the basketball courts afterward and where, he said, Joakim Noah would be working out with his dad, a professional tennis player — and became a fast swimmer, especially at the backstroke.

Lamb, of course, ended up playing basketball. It’s worked out well. He played at Oak Hill Academy in high school, where he developed his habit of putting up jumpers late into the night. He’s continued on to UK, where he’s emerged as one of the best shooters in the nation. This season, he’s made 47 percent of his 3-pointers.

On Sunday, he’s looking to make the second Final Four in his two-year career. He’s closing in on 1,000 career points.

But sometimes, Lamb reminded, it’s easy to forget that he — and the rest of his UK teammates — are 18 and 19 years old. They watch cartoons. They play video games.

“We have fun just like kids,” Lamb said. “We just also play college basketball and have a good team.”

Perhaps those two things are related.

“I feel like the teams that have the most fun at this time of the year are the ones that advance,” Darius Miller said.

If that’s the criterion, Lamb is definitely helping UK reach its goals.

“He’s really funny,” Terrence Jones said of Lamb. “He is a strange person. He does a lot of things that will make you laugh and be like, ‘I can’t believe you just did that.’”