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Calipari's recruiting acumen grows

Jul 11, 2010, 8:44 PM EDT

Good news Kentucky fans : John Calipari’s recruiting reputation is getting a boost. Need I mention this is bad news for everyone else?

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Calipari’s been synonymous with NBA-bound point guards, sending the likes of Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans and John Wall to the pros, two of whom were selected No. 1 overall. Well, with DeMarcus Cousins and Daniel Orton going in 2010’s first round, prospective bigs are taking notice.

Amir Williams, a 6-foot-10 center from Detroit, told the Lexington Herald-Leader that a coach who can get big men into the NBA is a huge recruiting plus.

“That’s real important,” Williams said. “I want to go to a school that will use their ‘bigs,’ develop their ‘bigs’ and put them in the pros.”

He’s not the only one, either.

Recruits such as Anthony Davis and Kyle Wiltjer have elevated Kentucky on their short list and others figure to do the same. The dribble-drive offense may scare off some recruits (it’s seen as more guard-friendly), but those concerns will evaporate as more and more big men get drafted.

“I think Calipari’s reputation extends almost equally to big guys as point guards,” analyst Brick Oettinger of the Prep Stars recruiting service told the paper. “How many other coaches had two freshman big men going in the NBA Draft? And not just this year. Ever.”

Just when you thought Calipari couldn’t do much better at recruiting…

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  1. phil - Jul 11, 2010 at 11:01 PM

    It’s almost like recruiting is his greatest attribtue, and why not? They barely have to be a “student”. Some don’t even have to pass an entrance exam. But no matter the hype of this success, his ring count remains at ZERO. Hopefully none of his recruits are so niave’ they think they need to study for a rectal exam.LOL

  2. John - Jul 12, 2010 at 8:59 AM

    I agree wholeheartedly with Phil. JC is the posterboy for the hypocrisy of the NCAA and the “student/athlete”. Call a spade a spade, pay them above the table, enforce salary caps and you can eliminate the shameful guise of doing things above board. The NCAA for the most part is a noble institution for the vast majority of student/atheletes, but unfortunately when it comes to the big money programs and elite athletes, the NCAA and John Calipari types have the morals of a crack whore, in debt. I’d love to hear JC’s schtick when it comes to recruiting…..I would bet that the word education is not used when referring to matters off the court. Kudos to JC though, he’s a heck of a salesman,….but as Phil says, the ring count is zeeeee-ro

  3. Ron - Jul 12, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    I lived in KY for 35 years and had 2 daughters graduate from UK, but I cannot tolerate what has happened to the UK basketball program under Calipari. What was once an honored college program has become nothing but a Class AAA farm club for the NBA. Their best players will be new every year and have little or nothing to do with being students. Is this what college sports are coming to?
    Between this and the LeBron fiasco, I will no longer watch the NBA or KY basketball.

  4. Ben - Jul 12, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    If you were given a chance to make a living for your family after one year of college that would make it so they would not have to worry about $$$ anymore what would you do? These kids are living their dreams and we bash them for it? John Wall had a 3.5 GPA and had no business caring about grades becuase he knew he has tens of millions of dollars waiting for him. So are you telling me that Wayne Turner (just one example) was a straight A student back in the late 90’s? He still has not finished his degree. Where was the uproar then? The only reason people bring up academics is to attempt to bring down a program out of hate. 95% of NCAA schools have kids on their rosters with bad grades. You bring up us because we are UK. Cal is 51 and how old was Roy Williams when he won his first title? 54… If he stays here long enough the rings will come…

  5. ED - Jul 12, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    Ron YOU ARE NOT A UK FAN!!!! You’re a frigging POSER. You know how I know, a TRUE UK FAN knows that NO COACH is above the program. NO UK fan would hate a coach that much as not to follow the program. I absolutely HATED Gillespe even got banned from a couple of big UK MBs because of my disdain of CBG. BUT I still followed my CATS. Thats why I’m calling you out as a UK HATER. You Poser.

  6. creature - Jul 13, 2010 at 10:00 PM

    So much b.s., so little time.
    UK admits athletes on the basis of ACT scores and a tougher HS core course group than most students have to cover. Even the New York Times didn’t suggest that Eric Bledsoe faked his ACT.
    And interviews with other Kentucky players show that they can speak for themselves better than most young folks.
    John evidently knows a lot about addicts and prostitutes; basketball, not so much. Many UK graduates succeed and many fail. The BB team has produced some losers and many winners – not just NBA players, but people who contribute in many walks of life.
    Ron just doesn’t like the one-and-done concept – a rule that Calipari does not support. But the number of such athletes is very small. It’s almost hysterical to suggest that three or four people a year is enough to diminish respect for the degree UK awards. A large percentage of ordinary students don’t finish.
    I’m tempted to suggest that some of these moaners are getting paid by the post, but if they are somebody didn’t get his money’s worth.

  7. Linda - Jul 13, 2010 at 10:52 PM

    Phil, perhaps you should go back to school and learn how to spell before you make accusations you know nothing about. I bet you don’t even know which word you spelled wrong.

  8. Rosinante - Jul 14, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    “Call a spade a spade, pay them above the table,”
    Actually, the NCAA does pay them. AFAIK it was about 7K last year. They NCAA made 6 BILLION off their March Madness contract.
    Get the picture?
    As a quick note, the purpose of a higher education is to prepare students for the working world that comes after one leaves the nest. Coach Cal does a very good job of it. Hoops players go to college to learn how to play basketball well enough to make it as a pro. Sort of like accountants, English majors, journalists, doctors, lawyers, etc. The difference between them and any other college student learning to be a professional is the 6 BILLION dollars the networks pay the NCAA. Believe me if the national teachers association was paying the NCAA 6 BILLION to produce teachers, they would have the same problem as basketball players do. If open heart surgery was a spectator sport with people buying tickets to watch and surgeons competing with their scalpels for viewers, then the ‘sport’ would be just as dirty as basketball.
    What I’m say’in ( for those KU students, who are a tad slow) is that it isn’t the sport or the students playing that sport. It is the money spectators pay to spectate. Until that issue is resolved, nothing will change. There are 6 BILLION reasons why that is a fact.

  9. Uk Fan - Jul 14, 2010 at 3:31 PM

    UK and it’s fans have nothing to do with the past as to what has supposedly happen with Calipari. We are only concerned with what is happening now. By the way Calipari has never been accused nor convicted by the NCAA. So get over it.
    The one and done rule is dictated by the NBA and not the NCAA. Calipari is only doing what others college coaches want to to. Recruit the “best of the best”. Calipari has stated that he doesn’t like the age rule and he wished it would be changed.
    Think how stupid you guys sound. Calipari recruits Wall, Cousins and Bledsoe and wants to get rid of them after one year. Yea that right. You see how stupid that sounds like.
    As to Fans of other colleges you are only followers of the trends currently in this country. You envy success if it isn’t yours. Your jealousy and hatred for a man that you don’t even know if evidence to it.
    Calipari is doing what a college coach is hired to do. Recruit the best and get them prepared for the future. For most of his recruits that he has recruited to UK that is the NBA. It is not his fault that these recruits are NBA capable players.
    So it is a matter of time know that he wins a national championship at Uk. So what are you haters going to say then. Oh yea it will get vacated anyway.
    You guys are pukes. Uk will dominate. Go Wildcats!!!

  10. Chelsea Bickmore - Jul 26, 2010 at 8:45 AM

    This is useful! How did you learn about this when you were a newcomer to it?

  11. Anonymous - Aug 8, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    Why do you have to be so petty? Everybody makes spelling mistakes, even you. He’s just trying to express his opinion.

  12. UenvyUK - Aug 13, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    Ron, no way in hell you’re a UK fan. Phil, you’re just another hater that can’t stand to see Calipari get whomever he pleases. Bottom line, until the NBA/NCAA do something, one and dones are going to be a major part of college basketball. Calipari himself has said that he’d like to see a 2 year rule but the haters ignore that fact. Some of you love to wear that envy green, don’t you?

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