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NBA Scouting Director: “NBA Teams Should Just Go Rent A Condo For The Year In Lexington”

Take the best recruiter in college basketball.  Put him at the helm of the nation’s winningest all-time program.  Throw in a metric ton of media coverage and exposure.  And mix in a fanbase so rabid that they will camp out in order to get tickets… to a practice.

What do you get?  One top-ranked recruiting haul after another.

Yep, Kentucky is at it again and at least one anonymous director of scouting for an NBA franchise has told SNY-TV in New York that there’s nothing else like it.

 

“On paper, for an NBA-type class, certainly it’s the greatest of all time, you would think.  On paper it would be and yet there’s a lot to measure up to, too…

I mean, it’s mind-boggling.  What it tells me is NBA teams should just go rent a condo for the year in Lexington next year…

I mean, how do you not have the ability to sell what Cal has done?  He’s been to the Final Four multiple times.  he’s won a national championship.  He gets guys drafted.

We don’t draft them because they play for Cal, we draft them because they’re great (players).  And he recruits great players that we want.”

 

Non-Kentucky SEC fans, welcome to a world where your team is simply playing for second place.  College basketball is a tournament sport anyway so that really shouldn’t bug you, but as long as Calipari continues to recruit five NBA draft picks a year, those players avoid injuries, and they don’t turn out to be “bad attitude guys,” there’s just not much hope of anyone toppling UK over the course of an 18-game conference schedule.

 


10 comments
bradleygator
bradleygator

I think Gators might get 'em this year.  It will be interesting to see Gators' experience vs. Kentucky's talent.  Tennessee will have a shot in the east too.  I think it's very unlikely that this class has an Anthony Davis and a Gilchrist in it.  Those are very rare players. 

bpa_kc
bpa_kc

Basketball is extremely un-predictable though.  Sure Kentucky will be a HUGE favorite to win the regular season, but all kinds of things can happen in single elimination tourneys.  Heck, just last year Vandy beat Kentucky in the SEC tournament.  If Kentucky had had that "off night" a week or so later, then everyone would have been talking about how Kentucky just proved that you can't build a champion with only "1 and done" players.  Personally, I think the jury is still out on that.  There is no guarantee that this years team of "1 and dones" will gel as well as last years oustanding Kentucky basketball team. 

 

As a Mizzou fan, I'm just sad that football season is only at the 1/2 way point, and I am already looking forward to basketball season.  Makes me sympathize a little with the Jayhawk fans.  :)

sojourner44
sojourner44

hmm.  what's his graduation rate?  what happens to the recruits who don't end up cashing nba paychecks?  how many could pass a ged final?

 

intercollegiate basketball is a farce.

Hogdini
Hogdini

@MrSEC good article. Too many will overlook your excellent point that NCAA basketball is strictly a tournament sport. Not much else matters.

KY_Daktari
KY_Daktari

I don't know John....Basketball is one of those sports where a good guy or 2 + a team that plays hard,  smart and knows their roles can overcome superior talent that doesn't do those things. The task of grooming a team of raw top tier talent into a cohesive unit is daunting to say the least.  I think the goal has to be peaking in March and that winning the SEC annually, while nice, is not as realistic.  But with the "win or go home" aspect of March Madness and the importance of team play, even getting the best talent far from guarantees championships.  But, that's also why the Final Four run in 2011 will be one of the most memorable for me--They had talent but also overcame some short-comings with smart play and knowing their roles (and that Ohio St-UK game was just beautiful by both sides from a basketball perspective).

 

As far as the other commenters... well, haters gonna hate.  And they'll be absolutely sure to ignore all that he does for charity and the State of Kentucky. Cal does as much or more than any coach in the country to make the community a better place outside basketball (not just at UK, but in Memphis while there, Hoops for Haiti, etc).

JohnHudson1
JohnHudson1

Easy to be "the best recruiter in college basketball" when you care NOTHING about following the rules.

AustinVol
AustinVol

The numbers are lower obviously. But the recent recruiting domination by UK is unprecedented. Given UK and Calipari's well-earned reputations, it's not difficult to connect the dots (unless you're the NCAA).

MoKelly1
MoKelly1

Kentucky is very successful, No question. But, it seems to me, basketball is a game you can be successful at with 6 quality players. There are more than 6 first round draft choices into the NBA each year. So, it is possible to recruit a taem than can compete. Much easier than football.

AustinVol
AustinVol

Logic would suggest that NCAA should buy a condo there as well. Unless, of course, you believe that *all* of the top players in the U.S. just grew up loving UK, loving Calipari, etc. The NBA is obviously  the big draw. But it's not like these kids can't get drafted if they go to Wisconsin or Syracuse or UCLA or Western KY. It's only shocking in that more folks don't scratch their head over this. Essentially the equivalent of Bama signing the top player in the nation at every position in a class comprised of only 5-star recruits...every year.  Nothing fishy at all. Right wes?

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