Mar 15, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari watches his team play against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament at Bridgestone Arena. The Commodores beat the Wildcats 64-48. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

University of Kentucky Basketball: John Calipari Trying to Sell Idea


John Calipari has a system that no other coach has in the NCAA. Pushing players to go beyond  a typical college experience to be ready for the NBA. Playing with the best, to be the best before getting paid to play against the best in the NBA.

John Calipari’s best tool is molding young players into young men that can go to the league and perform. Calipari has stated many times recently about the idea of getting rid of the one and done rule in College Basketball. The NCAA and John Calipari  don’t get along when it comes to coming in an agreement with things. Calipari recently stated how the NCAA and other teams would not like to see players stay for two years or longer at the University of Kentucky.

“I’m the one guy out there saying we’ve gotta change this somehow,” Calipari said. “We’ve gotta encourage these kids to stay two years. But the NCAA’s gotta do some stuff, and if they don’t do it we need to separate from them. I’m not afraid to say it. Look, they’ve embarrassed me. I’ve done nothing, so they’re not gonna come in, show retribution to me and do stuff. I don’t really care. But something’s gotta change with this one and done rule. I seem to be the coach saying anything.”

Over the past few years we’ve all seen what John Calipari can put up and produce with team play. Last years team was the only flaw for the style of  recruiting that John Calipari goes after each year. It was indeed a down year for recruiting, and the talent wasn’t like it was in the previous years. Last year’s team changed John’s strategy in several key ways. He will still recruit the best, but in the mean time recruit players that will stick around and produce strong bench play for the Wildcats.

John Calipari is a non conformist in a way for what he is trying to do in College Basketball. No one is coming close to doing what he’s done in the game. Cal is changing the game in his recruiting, and preparing them for the NBA in mass numbers that no coach has done in recent history. Players come first, and that’s exactly what Calipari is about.

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