John Clay: Once again, John Calipari's ability to adapt and change is about to be tested
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The coaches remain the same, but college basketball is about to change. There was John Calipari at Kentucky's basketball media day on Tuesday. It was the 11th at UK for the man with a new lifetime contract. ("There's no such thing," Cal cracked. "They could fire me in a year and there's my lifetime right there.") He said he' refreshed and ready for the start of a new chapter. He’ll also be 61 years old in February, a head coach now for more than three decades. And Cal’s a young pup, by comparison. Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim is 74. Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski is going strong at 72.
The Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team, representing the University of Kentucky, has had 121 players drafted into the National Basketball Association ( NBA ) since the league began holding drafts in 1947. Each NBA franchise seeks to add new players through an annual draft .
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The college basketball coach best known for getting his players to the NBA doesn't agree with the idea of expanding the pro draft.
"If anybody supports more rounds in the draft, those more rounds are to get kids to go to the G League,"coach John Calipari said Wednesday, according to . "You do not care about college basketball or you're trying to ruin college basketball."
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewskiearlier in October he thinks the NBA draft will likely be expanded at some point. But Calipari believes the college basketball environment provides a better system than the G League for athletes who aren't surefire NBA players.
Quickley 2.0 ready to show a different side. 'Immanuel is not even the same player.'
There was a common thread throughout the first several minutes of John Calipari's media day press conference Tuesday afternoon. The UK coach wasn't specifically asked about Immanuel Quickley, but the sophomore guard kept coming up in his responses. For Quickley, that's a good thing. "Immanuel is not even the same player," Calipari said.
John Calipari : 'Just about every' Kentucky basketball player will put name in NBA draft . Calipari said he expects players to receive feedback from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee So it is a decision I worry about and I try to get them information. I try not to tell them you have to stay or
John Calipari : 'If an NBA team would lie to me, you’re not coming in my gym'. Calipari said he helps those players in terms of finding accurate information about their potential draft range only Speaking more generally, Calipari expanded on his obligation to his players who aren't likely lottery picks when
"After two years they don't perform, what?" Calipari said. "The NBA is going to take care of them and hire them? No. It's entertainment. You're done."
The NBA has limited its draft to two rounds since 1989. Prior to that, the selection featured seven rounds or more, with the vast majority of players chosen never playing in the league.
"If they're not going to the NBA, if we're really about young people, we should encourage them to go to college," Calipari added. "And the reason is their way out is through education. Their way to break through to the American dream is education."
Calipari has previously voiced support for allowing players to go pro straight from high school. He's coached 38 players who have been selected in the NBA draft since he took over at Kentucky in 2009.
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Top-rated recruiting classes not always key to hoops title .
PHOENIX (AP) Memphis' Penny Hardaway has become one of the nation's top recruiters in two seasons as a college coach. © Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY SportsThe former NBA star signed a solid recruiting class in his first year, and his second, headed by projected lottery pick James Wiseman, was No. 1 in the country, according to a composite of ranking sites compiled by 247Sports.The top-rated class has ratcheted up expectations in Memphis. The Tigers were ranked in The Associated Press preseason poll for the first time since 2013 at No.