In video that appeared on KSTV over the weekend, the former Wildcat star had some not-so-kind words about the one-and-done system. Sheppard’s comments came at the annual UK Convention in Franklin, Ohio.
In some ways, Sheppard cannot be blamed for his comments. As much as fans like the elite recruits that commit to wear the blue and white at Kentucky, there are many that don’t like that players are not staying for three or four years before going pro.
The UK alumnus did talk to The Courier-Journal‘s Kyle Tucker about his comments.
“I’m all for Coach Calipari,” Sheppard said. “I just like, and I think the Kentucky fan in general likes players staying at Kentucky for longer than six months. That’s all. I understand. Heck, if I was good enough to play for six or seven months at Kentucky and get a multimillion-dollar contract, I’d have left to. I understand that.
“But I was talking to a group of traditional Kentucky fans and we would love to get to know Nerlens Noel and see him come back from his knee injury and play again for the Cats. Hopefully everything is taken in context.”
I’m all for guys going pro to get a paycheck but at the same time, I would like to see guys playing at Kentucky for more than a season. It’s hard learning a completely different roster every season.