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More from Calipari’s conversation with the Cleveland Plain Dealer


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John Calipari chatted with the Cleveland Plain Dealer last night about Nerlens Noel and what the Cavs will be getting if they draft him No. 1. Of course, Cal encouraged the Cavs to draft Nerlens first overall, but he also spoke highly of the Cavs GM and the job he’s done in Cleveland:

“They haven’t made mistakes,” Calipari said in a telephone interview on Wednesday, one day after the Cavs won the lottery to earn the No. 1 pick for the second time in three years. “If they pick him, in all likelihood, history tells you something: It’s not a mistake, which means it’s good for my kid.

“Chris Grant has been in our building more than any other GM. That’s no disrespect to any other GM. That’s just a fact. He and his staff are very thorough in what they’ve done. That’s why I say I hope he gets drafted by them.”

Cal was also asked about how Nerlens compares to Anthony Davis:

Asked to compare Noel and Davis, Calipari said, ”They’re just different. Anthony had more guard skills than Nerlens would have. Their shot blocking is about the same. Nerlens is more of a four/five, where Anthony could play some three. Nerlens could guard a three, but he’s not going to play that position. Anthony, if he had to, could play the three.”

And the interview wasn’t complete until he made his push for Nerlens to go No. 1:

“My hope is they take Nerlens because they do their research and say, ‘We need that shot blocker behind what we have. … We know he’s going to gain 40 pounds. We know the trajectory.’ They know where he was at the beginning of the year and they know how much he improved because they were here. They saw it. I don’t have to explain anything to Chris.”

You can read more from Cal’s conversation with the newspaper here.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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7 responses to “More from Calipari’s conversation with the Cleveland Plain Dealer”

  1. Twitter Account Denied

    Nerlens prob won’t do much until he is 20-22 years old when he fill out, then he will be an elite defender.

  2. SexnNursinHomes

    Thought it said “Pain Dealer” at first, i was like I thought I was the pain dealer… when i beat up hookers and don’t pay them.

  3. MemphisCat

    Hope that Nerlens recovers and becomes better then ever, I hope he has a long career wherever he goes. I know Cal wants him to be #1, that helps recruiting, especially if you can have a “raw” #1 player with loads of potential. Cal says Noel will gain 40lbs, I thought the same thing about Prince.

  4. Wedding Planner

    Anyone feeling uncomfortable with how much Cal praises the GM?
    If LeBron returns with Noel on the team in 2 years.. Brad Calapari graduating HS.. I could see Cal leaving

  5. Bmac

    I think nerlens being picked first is more important than people think. If maclamore goes #1 then it will be Kansas not UK that will have two consecutive #1 picks. Self is the only coach that even comes close to recruiting on Cal’s level and the last thing he needs is the advantage of being able to say that.

  6. bbr

    “If maclamore goes #1 then it will be Kansas not UK that will have two consecutive #1 picks” So Wiggins is already the number 1 pick next year? Don’t spew the ksr party line. I wouldn’t grant him that title quite yet. There are some awfully good players out there that might have a say about that. Self has yet to do well preparing a highly regarded true freshman for the NBA (McLemore is not a true freshman) – Xavier Henry, Josh Selby.

  7. Too Blue For You

    #4 You might be on to something. I have said for some time that Cal won’t finish out his contract at U.K. I read where Cal is “cleaning out his office AND home” and auctioning off surfboards, etc. I could see a move before long…