If there was a time in which critics have questioned John Calipari’s ability to not only recruit point guards, but prepare them for the NBA, that question has been answered. Yes, Derrick Rose has been out for an extended period of time due to injuries, but he has proved himself on the court by earning the title of league MVP in 2011. In terms of Calipari’s point guards at Kentucky, they are also proving that he has fully prepared them for the next level.
John Wall, who struggled during his first two seasons in Washington and went through his own injuries, has rebounded (no pun intended) in a huge way. At his current rate (19.7 ppg), he could have his highest scoring season yet. The Wizards are a game under .500, and they have turned the corner this season, something that was a goal of Wall’s heading into this season. Wall led the Wizards last night with 25 points on the way to a 15-point victory over the Miami Heat. Wall is making a serious case as a candidate for this year’s All-Star game.
Brandon Knight, Wall’s successor at UK, has also had an incredible season thus far. This season has been his most productive, as he is currently averaging 15 PPG as the starting PG for Milwaukee. Knight has been the only sign of progress in a Bucks squad that is dead last in the NBA (7-31). The Bucks have seen Knight recover from his hamstring injury obtained in the season opener, and are considering signing him as their point guard in the upcoming future once his rookie contract expires in summer.
Marquis Teague has been battling for a spot on the Bulls, as he has been sent to their D-League affiliate twice this season. But he has since been recalled to the Bulls, and practicing with a few more experienced players should help Teague overcome the growing pains and adapt as an NBA point guard. Teague averaged 12 points a game while playing for the Iowa Energy.
And although he is out for the next month and a half, Eric Bledsoe has also represented Kentucky well also. Before his knee injury, Bledsoe was averaging 18 PPG with the Phoenix Suns. Even though it seems like a long road ahead, give these freshmen some time to develop. Not just the Harrison Twins, but all the freshmen. Calipari is compiling a track record of players sent to the NBA, and he’s developed and prepared all of them for that next level. Whether they’re ready from Day 1, or by their third year in the league, they’ll be ready to make an enormous impact for their respective teams, just like they are doing now.