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John Calipari met with the NBAPA to Establish a High School Combine


In a game of word association, “one-and-done” would likely incite a response of “John Calipari.”  They go together so much, the 30 for 30 on his story was titled “One and Not Done.”  After using the rule to his advantage for nine successful years, he’s ready for it to end.

“Kids should be able to go (to the NBA) out of high school. That’s not our deal. That’s between the NBA and the Players Association,” Calipari said yesterday. “Don’t put restrictions on kids.”

Prior to visiting the EYBL circuit in Dallas, Coach Cal spent the afternoon in Fort Worth at TCU’s basketball coaches clinic.  In a conversation with the Star-Telegram, Calipari said he’s taken his stance one step farther.

Last week Calipari visited the NBA Players Association to urge them to create a combine for high school juniors.  It’s an idea he revealed during College Gameday’s trip to Rupp Arena this spring.  He believes a combine will give players the feedback they need before making a decision to either go to college, or jump directly into the NBA.

“The players and the families need to know – here are the ones who should be thinking about the NBA, and here are the ones who should not,” he said. “That’s why you need a combine.”

As college basketball tries to sift through an FBI scandal that involves under the table payments from agents, Calipari has provided many different solutions.  This one is the most practical and makes a ton of sense.  He’s putting his ideas into action.  Now we’ll see if anybody is listening.

[Star-Telegram]

Article written by Nick Roush

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10 responses to “John Calipari met with the NBAPA to Establish a High School Combine”

  1. maximumscott

    Cal should start his own agency group after this.

  2. oruacat2

    I guess the next step will be HS juniors “reclassifying” and jumping to the NBA?

  3. FlatTopsAndBlockedShots

    How long until dook coach says the same thing? End of summer?

  4. Fitz

    Not sure what that accomplished unless it’s the NBA out of high school or two years in college before a player can be drafted. I’m ok with that, but just having kids evaluated doesn’t solve the problem of one n dones. A kid may be told he should play in college but after one year he may be good enough to be drafted.

  5. huntcalvert

    This is exactly why we need cal. Not just because all of the wins and great ball players but he really is trying to help people who may not even come to uk. That’s a good coach. That’s who we want

  6. Fitz

    Cal’s responsibility, like any other coach is to his employer and the program he represents, not “trying to help help people who may not even come to uk!” If that purpose is a by product of doing everything he can to make UK basketball great, then that’s a plus.

    I’m not sure what a high school combine really accomplishes. There are always a few hs standouts that the NBA already knows could make the jump to the pro level. Perhaps they may discover another one or two at a combine, which is fine if the NBA changes its current rule of one year of college unless you meet the age requirement.

    1. futrelljr

      In case you did not know he has a life outside of coaching UK. He can do whatever he wants.

    2. Fitz

      Providing opinions on a basketball combine for juniors hardly qualifies as life outside of coaching UK ….seems there is a very strong connection to me. A life outside coaching would be Pitino owning race horses or Jay Wright designing men’s suits.

  7. jrdh13

    Would cal retire and go join the NBPA since hes all about the kids?

  8. dballrb

    If a kid is told they are a fringe pick for the jump to the league,they would just go to the G-league for a year or two at 30k per…also have a combine for middle school kids to get feedback from the HS they will be attending in their district ….At this point…Why not??