How does that loss feel, Mike Krzyzezwszjkzski?
After taking a few hits to Coach K, Coach Cal is back in business with a head-to-head recruiting victory after E.J. Montgomery chose UK over Duke. If you thought John Calipari lost his recruiting mojo, you thought wrong.
A one-time Auburn commit, Montgomery’s recruitment was essentially a two-horse race between Kentucky and Duke. As the Cats gained late momentum, Duke backed away. Duke might have backed off Montgomery because they have already signed a pair of power forwards, or because Coach K knew it was a battle he could not win.
Many may see this Calipari victory as a flash in the pan. Don’t. Montgomery is the first recruit to turn down Duke since Jeff Capel departed. This could be the first move to swing recruiting momentum back to John Calipari.
Time will tell how significant Montgomery’s commitment is in the recruiting landscape, but for now, enjoy John Calipari’s victory over Coach K.