John Calipari came on Kentucky Sports Radio to talk about his team’s win over Missouri, and per usual, he was swagtastic. Last night, there were three recruits in for the game–Derryck Thornton, Thomas Bryant, and New Zealand power forward Tai Wynyard–and Calipari said that he asked Willie Cauley-Stein and Trey Lyles to speak to one of them to tell them what playing at Kentucky is like.
“We had a recruit in town, and Willie told the mother, and he told the kid, ‘It’s on warp speed here.’ You are forced to grow up. You are forced to go to another level. You are under a microscope here, you can’t do stuff here you do at other schools. You get in trouble at another school, you’re in bed with the bed with the media so closely they don’t even write the story. Here, it’s national. It’s national. You can’t do that stuff here.”
Did you catch that dig at Louisville’s media? Just checking. Back to Cal:
“And on the basketball court, you’re forced to move. Off the court, grow up. You’ve gotta become a man and you’ve gotta do it fast. And Willie said, ‘It’s a family here. That’s what it’s about. He was really good about it. I wanted the young man and his mother to talk to both Trey–because Trey’s having to grow up. Believe me, we’re seeing it right before our eyes.”
So, which lucky recruit got this talk from Trey and Willie? My money’s on Tai Wynyard.