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Still trying to wrap my head around why these kids go play for Calipari. i think he's proven once again this year he cannot coach. The only seasons he's had of note are the ones in which he's had a major POY candidate. Camby, Evans, Rose, and Davis. Look at his other seasons and they're not that impressive. smh
I think what you saw this year was a bunch of 4 and 5 star recruits with no experience looked like HS players and even with Noel they were not a powerhouse! They weren't ranked in the top 25 playing in the SEC. He gets more bodies to fight over playing time??? I see a powder keg ready to ignite much like this year they still don't have the 3yr veterans like Jones, Miller and Lamb, not even close this years Wildcats may be the worse Kentucky team on defense i have ever seen.
you have to give him credit for coaching those kids up and properly using them in a system. No?
He is 3 time NATIONAL coach of the year.
Has taken 3 different teams to #1 seed and final fours
Has the top 2 most wins in a season with 2 different teams
Has put a bazillion players into the NBA
Coaches at the all-time win leader in college basketball- KENTUCKY
Its really not that hard to understand why a kid would want to be coached by a coach and school with their resumes.
Just saying Kentucky has 4 possible first round picks on that team and they still sucked. If you read my first post i didn't say he didn't have any success, i just pointed out the fact that he cannot win without superstar players. Their are lots of teams out there that can win and do it on a consistent basis without superstar players because their coaches can coach. Give Shaka Smart or Brad Stevens or Mark Few the kind of players Kentucky had this year and their probably still playing. I would bet a paycheck on that for sure. I'm sure Kentucky will have another great season next year but look at all the great players they will have. Alot of other coaches can do more with alot less than what he had this year.
I completely agree.
Sure, Calipari has a bunch of players in the NBA, but how many were one and done no matter where they went? Same can actually be said about Matta, but he's also proven he doesn't need a lottery pick on his team in order to be successful.
The dynamic at UK could be really interesting next year. It has become expected by the incoming recruits that they will get massive playing time from the get-go, and freedom to play a position or the way they want in order to showcase themselves for the next level. What happens if Noel, Goodwin, Poythress, Cauley-Stein, etc. do not go pro this year? Who's going to get the playing time? Do the new, stud recruits get their starting spots? Do the returnees keep their spot in the lineup?
We'll have to wait and see what happens with the current freshmen, but Cal could potentially have trouble on his hands if he doesn't play this thing out right. There could be a back-breaking schism with next year's team if players feel like they are not getting the time they were "promised" (for lack of a better word - I know it has been said Cal does not "promise" playing time) as a freshman, but also guys who may not have been as successful as freshmen as they were expected, and all of a sudden they're sat on the bench in favor of the incoming players.
I think that the new recruiting classes kind of force out the current players. I mean who wants to play behind a highly touted freshman when u your self was a highly touted freshman?
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