One and dones? Me? Whaaaatttt????
John Calipari has been a busy man this week as he and his favorite Hawaiian shirt have been tasked with leading the collection of bad haircuts that make up the SEC basketball coaches meetings. They took a big step forward yesterday in eliminating divisions and afterward, people wanted to talk about what really matters. One and done players. Huh?
Anyway, in chatting with GoVolsXtra.com, Calipari talked about being the poster child for one and done players and offered up a response that I find to be quite humorous. Here’s the excerpt:
“If you asked me if Eric Bledsoe would go after a year, I would have laughed and everybody around him would have laughed,” Calipari said. “Or Daniel Orton, who did not play his senior year in high school.
“Or Brandon Knight if you saw him play in Hawaii. I was thinking he might be here four years.”
Oh, Cal. You’re so silly. While there’s truth to this, of course, and no one in the world thought that Eric Bledsoe or Daniel Orton would be making the leap after one year, I think saying Cal can’t diagnose one and done talent is probably an inaccurate statement. In fact, the most amusing part of this blurb is that I think it’s just Cal hitting us – and prospects and coaches – with a humble brag. “Gee whiz, it just seems like every kid who comes here gets good enough to leave and go pro.”
Well played, Cal. I like your style.