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Kentucky scores another star 2011 prospect

Aug 29, 2010, 12:03 AM EDT

Another week, another five-star 2011 recruit for John Calipari. No one’s surprised, right?

Oregon power forward Kyle Wiltjer (rated 25th overall by Rivals and 19th by Scout) became the latest star prospect to commit to Kentucky, joining Anthony Davis, Michael Gilchrist and Marquis Teague, all of whom are consensus Top 10 players.

That potentially gives the Wildcats a starting lineup along these lines, according to Jeff Goodman (who doubts 2010 freshmen Enes Kanter or Brandon Knight will stick around for their sophomore seasons):

SF – Darius Miller/Gilchrist
BF – Terrence Jones/Wiltjer/Eloy Vargas
C – A. Davis
PG – Teague/Doron Lamb
SG – DeAndre Liggins/Jon Hood/Stacey Poole

Not bad. But can they cut down the nets? That’s the real question.

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  1. William the Conqueror - Aug 29, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    All this talent and he still won’t be able to win a championship.
    It’s a shame that these young men will leave college after only a year or maybe two if they’re lucky. The NBA is getting stuck with kids rather than seasoned ball players.
    These kids coming out of high school don’t have any idea how to play the game at the next level. Yes, they’re talented, but so is everyone else in the NBA.
    I think coaches like Calipari and the owners of NBA teams should be ashamed of themselves. If these kids don’t make it in the NBA, they’ll have nothing to fall back on. Do these owners or Calipari care? Heck no. These kids gave Calipari victories and another step towards making the HALL OF FAME (god help us) and more money.
    Calipari is not a good coach, but a recruiter who’s going into every black ball player’s living room and filling his parents with dreams of a great life in a year or two off the hard work of their son. This is a problem; and, shame on these parents for living their dream vicariously through their children. I choose to call it pimping your sons at any cost. Then, if they don’t make it, they turn to drugs and selling drugs to make the money they felt they should have made by going to the NBA. It’s a wicked turn of events that happen too often.
    As a former D-1 white basketball player, I find these parasitic coaches and parents revolting. Let these kids go to college, get their degrees and if they’re good enough to play in the NBA they will and they will make a nice living. If they don’t, they still have a degree and memories of a great college life that will give them an opportunity to make something of themselves, be it through hard work and perseverance.

  2. Andy - Aug 29, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    Mr William,
    Calipari is not a good coach? How can a bad coach take his teams to the final four, sweet sixteen or the elite eight for that matter? Your argument makes no sense. Dont blame the coach for the way the NBA set up the system. Calipari has made it clear himself he would rather see the one and done rule gone. David Stern is the one who is making the college game the NBDL.
    You think Josh Selby is gonna stick around after a year? How come Bill Self doesn’t get trashed for this? You think Kyrie Irving from Duke is gonna stick around after a year? These guys are all projected to go in the first round. Wake up dude. Its only shady when Calipari does it. Double standard all the way.
    Just so you know Cal recruits guys who can play. Why do you think he recruited this kid now over Q Miller, who is black, so once again your argument is lacking. Cal wants guys who are givers and not takers. Don’t blame the kids who are taking advantage of the system that the NCAA created along with the NBA.

  3. S.O.S. Save our Sanctimony! - Aug 30, 2010 at 12:02 AM

    Get off your high horse, Conqueror.
    Nothing to fall back on? Nothing to fall back on! How about a rookie contract?!
    The minimum rookie salary for 2010-2011 is 473,604. It goes up roughly 15K every year, so the “kids” we’re talking about in the above are pretty much guaranteed to make a minimum of just under 480K. That’s Min-i-mum, as in what undrafted rookies (AKA not the “kids” we’re talking about) make. The first pick in the 2011-12 draft will make about 4.4 Million in his first year, 4.7 his second, 5.0 his third and–if his option is picked up–6.3 million his forth.
    Harvard–after raising their tuition to an all-time high– costs $50,724. So the absolute minimum an NBA player can make is enough to go to HARVARD TWICE OVER!! Players like John Wall could afford NEARLY TWENTY HARVARD DEGREES! So don’t tell me they’re being short-changed by not getting “an education.” If they wanted one they could get one. Or two. Or twenty. If they don’t get one that’s on them.
    As for the NBA, Obviously, they aren’t being short-changed. Look at the top players in the league. Chris Paul, Dwayne Wade, Lebron, Kobe, Dwight Howard, Melo, Rando. None of these Players played 4 years. Find me a star that played four years. It’s nigh impossible. So apparently, “kids” seem to work out for the NBA a lot better than “seasoned ball players.”
    And as for “these parasitic coaches” … they’re just trying to keep their jobs. Ask Tubby Smith just how well UK fans respond to losing out on the best talent or not seeing a final four for too long. Even Coach K recruits one-and-dones (Kyrie Irving’s been mentioned, but he also recruited Eric Bledsoe, he just didn’t win) and everybody admits that he seems like a standup guy (at least as much as any sports figure does).
    And as for the parents, just how do know what their motives in sending their kids to play for JC or any other coach for that matter is? Doc Rivers’ kid is probably going to be a one-and-done somewhere. Do you think he is living vicariously through his kids? I don’t.

  4. Jimmy - Aug 30, 2010 at 9:03 AM

    Come on now.
    If a player can’t play in the NBA and is not white, he is a drug dealer?
    Really?
    Players can come back to school. They don’t lock the doors because they aren’t playing basketball. If you want to view Calipari in such an evil way, why not look at the players that have come back since he has been here to pursue their degrees. Wayne Turner, Ron Mercer, Scott Padgett, Tony Delk and the list will keep on. The ever faithful coach down I-64 let each of these players leave UK without a degree and none made any NBA All-Star teams that I remember. Also, I remember none of them dealing drugs since the NBA didn’t work out.
    Typical though to assume everything is the coach’s fault or even the parents. Nothing on the player. When did you get to make decision on your own, William? Did you parents or former coach approve your post above? Keep preaching the ignorance.

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  6. William the Conqueror - Sep 10, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    Andy,
    Obviously, you’re a Kentucky fan and you’re standing up for your coach.
    I respect what you’re saying; however, even when I played in college for a top ten team, we could have won games if a monkey had been coaching us. We had a lot of talent, which makes any coach successful.
    Calipari is a recruiter, not a good coach. Any half decent coach could win 25- 30 games with the 5-star talent this guy’s bringing in. Four players in the first round and he doesn’t even make it to the final 8? Give me a break.
    Bill Self doesn’t get crucified for Josh Selby because we’re talking one player leaving; Coach K doesn’t get crucified for the same reason, one player leaving. Calipari is getting crucified because this is all he is doing, bringing in players for one year then re-tooling for the next year. I’ve got a real problem with this. Most of these players haven’t played a game yet in a Kentucky uniform and they’re talking about leaving after the season’s over.
    You, my friend, have no idea about what happens to these kids if they don’t make it to the next level. I’ve seen first hand kids working as janitors, drug pushers, road crew,day laboers, etc, because they had their heads filled with the BS of coaches like Calipari who tell them they’re great and if you play for me it’s your one way ticket to NBA stardom. Sometimes it works out for them (the really talented ones), but most times these kids and their parents are disappointed and they have no education to fall back on.
    Coach Calipari is an easy target in all of this, but I can tell you that this same recruiting jargon goes on all the time with prospective student/athletes.
    Money, cars, clothing, girls, you name it, it gets offered.
    Do you think it happens at Kentucky? You bet, but it’s also done in almost every major college who’s recruiting football and basketball talent in America. I don’t condone it as it was offered to me; thank god my father was the intermediary and he filtered every offer. I’m sure many other athletes took the money and ran.
    What I’m alluding to is coaches like Calipari, Pearl, Saban, Kiffin, etc don’t give a darn about the individual player, they are looking for wins and more prestigious jobs. The problem I see is the individual player gets hurt by not getting his education and will suffer years down the road if he doesn’t get that NBA contract. I’m for staying in school for the four years and getting the education.
    If these one and doners want to leave after one year, they shouldn’t waste the scholarship that could go to someone maybe not as good , but who will remain in the program for their entire college career. The one and doners should go directly to the NBA developmental league or to Europe rather than try to act like a student/athletes.

  7. Anonymous - Sep 10, 2010 at 3:39 PM

    SOS and others don’t seem to understand what I’m saying; there are only so many positions on an NBA team (one, maybe two a year). These one and doners who don’t make it to the next level are at the ones that I’m talking about. These are the kids that need to stay in school and get their education, so they can contribute to society and their families in a positive manner.
    I was being sarcastic saying that players that don’t make it in the NBA, who drop out of school, become drug dealers; however, many do and many also work menial jobs to make ends meet when they could be working as a professional in another field.
    I’m against one and doners and coaches that promote this. And, yes, unlike any of you, I’m been recruited, I was offered money, cars, jobs, girls, etc. So, yes, I know the recruiting process. Thank God I had a father that cared and he made sure I wasn’t involved in any of these nefarious deals.
    I went to a basketball power, got a great education, made a very good living and played organized ball until I was in my early 40′s. I had an opportunity to play in Italy, but chose to stay home and make a living. Many of these one and done players will never have this opportunity.
    I’ve seen first hand kids that have been filled with visions of stardom only to be disappointed and abandoned by these unscrupulous coaches. I’ll always be for the college student /athlete that remains in school for the entire four years and gets his degree. These one and dones destroy college basketball programs unless you’re a Kentucky that deals with this defection on a yearly basis. You can only be successful with one and dones if you continue to re-load your roster every year. Is this fair to the other players on your team? Hell no; it provides descension and you lose total continuity in your program. I don’t dislike Coach Calipari, I just don’t like a great school like Kentucky being identified with this moniker and allowing it to happen.

  8. bob - Sep 11, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    Calipari must be doing something right with these kids. Last years group seemed truly sad to be leaving UK. Who can blame someone for moving on with so much money at stake.

  9. bob - Sep 11, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    Calipari must be doing something right with these kids. Last years group seemed truly sad to be leaving UK. Who can blame someone for moving on with so much money at stake.

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    I mean, I could see all this fuss over the guy if he’d led Jersey to the Finals

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