John Calipari didn’t want to talk about recruiting at yesterday’s pre-Bahamas news conference, but Coach Cal could not contain his thoughts just a few days after he received a decommittment for the first time at UK.
On Monday D.J. Jeffries reopened his recruitment. The following day, the small forward’s father completed interviews with multiple Memphis media outlets. In one instance he called the Kentucky coaching staff “unprofessional.” In another, Corey Jeffries complained about the Cats’ absence in his son’s final AAU game.
John Calipari tends to stay away from recruiting players with vocal parents. More importantly, he only recruits players who want to be at Kentucky.
“We’ve been so fortunate and blessed that families have trusted us with their children, but this isn’t for everybody. This is really hard, and you have to want this as bad as we want you. I am always looking for guys who have always dreamed of playing at Kentucky.”
Calipari also isn’t the type of guy to promise anyone playing time.
“You have to have a great faith in your own ability and confidence that you’re not – like I don’t promise anybody that they’ll start and play. Like, how much you’re going to shoot the ball. I just don’t do it with anybody, which some kids need that and that’s OK. I mean, you just wouldn’t be here. It’s the way we recruit. I’ve recruited the same way everywhere I’ve been. I think it’s been pretty good overall.”
Kentucky will move on without Jeffries. Coach Cal doesn’t begrudge any player who decides UK isn’t the best place for them.
“I don’t get mad at anybody. You want to go somewhere else? I’m happy for you. Go.”