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Rick Pitino lies again, says seven high school players went straight to pros while he was at UK

Yesterday, Drew outlined some of Rick Pitino’s biggest lies over the years, and not even 24 hours later, we have another to add to this list. While discussing the one-and-done rule during an appearance on SportsCenter this morning, Pitino said seven high school basketball players told him they were coming to Kentucky only to go straight to the pros.

“When I was at Kentucky, I had seven high school basketball players told me they were coming and instead went to the pros out of high school,” Pitino said.

If you’re thinking that doesn’t sound right, you are correct. Only three high schoolers went straight to the NBA during Pitino’s career at Kentucky: Kevin Garnett (1995), Kobe Bryant (1996), and Jermaine O’Neal (1996). Three is not even half of seven, but by Pitino math, I guess it adds up. (Update: I forgot about Tracy McGrady in 1997, so you can add him to the list. Regardless, four is not seven.)

Rick did tell the truth when he said he’s still searching for his first one-and-done player.

“I don’t mind it,” Pitino said of the one-and-done rule. “I’m looking for my first one and done. I’ve had top 10 picks, top 20 picks. I’m waiting. I don’t mind it. John Calipari and Coach K have mastered it, certainly. It’s tough to play with freshmen. They have so much to learn on the defensive end.”

Pitino also said that in the next two years, he believes the NBA will change the rule back to letting high school players go directly to the league.

“By the way, I think that rule is going to change back to that. I think high school players are going to be able to go pro again. I think the commissioner is probably going to do it within two years.”

So, by Pitino math, that will probably happen in five years, not two.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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25 responses to “Rick Pitino lies again, says seven high school players went straight to pros while he was at UK”

  1. PikeCountyWildcat


    1. ClutchCargo

      Kemp was academically ineligible as a freshman in ’88 and Eddie Sutton was still the coach. I remember because I was a UK student at the time and also he got in trouble for stealing some jewelry from Sean Sutton and trying to pawn it.

  2. ClutchCargo

    I’m not sure about this, but Pitino’s 15 seconds of fame might have actually been 6.4 seconds if we apply the same fuzzy math to that situation.

  3. LegggoooCats

    The man simply cannot tell the truth.

    1. DelrayCat

      Sounds like that fake president in the white house.

    2. AirRaid98

      You mad bro?

    3. LegggoooCats

      We have an incredible leader in the White House. It’s tough cleaning up 8 years of Muslim leadership under the Obama administration.

    4. Mc12

      Or every single politician in the history of politics?

    5. catsarerunnin

      Don’t worry DC. Winter…the season for the snowflakes…is on the horizon.

  4. Mathlete

    In fairness to Pitino, maybe he’s just gone senile?

    1. 4everUKblue

      Any chance all that botox and black hair coloring could be causing brain damage?

    2. Reuben Cuban

      Begs the question: Was the Health Care professional who administered the shot a CAT fan injecting true penicillen or placebo?

  5. secrick

    Not sure he is lying it’s called unremembering and he is darn good at it.

  6. mikeintn

    Right, a lot like Hillary.

  7. KTR2786

    Extrapolate Pitino’s math to his 15 seconds…….yikes.

    1. ClutchCargo

      Great minds think alike!

  8. mmmbert

    A little irrational I think.

    I checked and there were 3 HS players drafted in 1998. Even though he wasn’t at UK then, he could have recruited these players.

    Don’t let common sense ruin you bile though.

    1. J-Dub421

      “When I was at Kentucky, I had seven high school basketball players told me they were coming and instead went to the pros out of high school,” Pitino said.

    2. Booby Petrino

      ha ha ha you think KSR is being irrational? Your man Rick is senile, or just a liar. Pick one. Stop living in denial. This isn’t the only delusional thing he’s said lately.

    3. mmmbert

      You got me wrong, I can’t stand the man anymore. I relish every time UK beats his sorry ass.

      Sometimes if you let your vitriol get in the way you can look like a immature name caller.

    4. Booby Petrino

      I don’t care if you like him or not. Take out the words “your man” and nothing in my comment is untrue. He’s either senile or a liar, and either way delusional. If that makes me an immature name caller in your eyes, I really don’t care.

    5. mmmbert


    6. Booby Petrino

      As J Dub pointed out, he said while he was at Kentucky they went straight from hs to the nba. He was not coach of Kentucky in June of 1998, he had been gone for a year. Fuzzy math on your part I guess.

  9. a21CATSfan

    At least he talked about Kentucky more than he did his own team. Thanks, Rick.