UK’s coaches were supposed to be taking the trip to Kansas yesterday in order to watch 2012 standout Perry Ellis. Those plans changed when a meeting opened up with Quincy Miller’s high school coach Isaac Pitts, Jr. Miller is one of the top prospects in the class of 2011 and Coach Calipari had yet to have a meeting with Pitts, so the importance of this initial rendezvous speaks for itself.
After talking to Coach Pitts today, I’m more than confident that the meeting was a huge success.
In order to understand why, you first have to understand the mentality of Mr. Pitts. Although he is coaching some of the nation’s top talents at Quality Education Academy, that’s not what defines him. Coach Pitts believes in the education of his students first and foremost and described his mentality by saying, “I’m an administrator first. Then a basketball coach.”
When coaches make the trip to a high school and see a certain prospect, they do have the option of pulling that student out of class and speaking with them as well. But Calipari refused to do that. Cal explained that he had a strong belief in the education of those young men that he targets for his basketball squad and did not wish to take time out of Miller’s education. That simple gesture went a long way with Coach Pitts, who explained “Let’s just put it this way, I was extremely impressed with how Coach Cal handled things.”
Don’t expect Miller to be making decisions anytime soon. Coach Pitts believes that Miller’s recruitment should last through most of his junior year and maybe even into his senior season. The message boards lit up with excitement today when a twitter account believed to be that of Quincy Miller tweeted one single word and a wink: “Kentuc[k]y? ;)” What UK fans should probably be more excited about is the fact that they have a coach leading their team that seems to be able to do no wrong at this point. Whether it’s through doing his research and knowing how to handle certain situations or just being great at what he does, Calipari is leaving those in his path extremely impressed.