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Cal reminds everyone he wants to go to the two-year rule

John Calipari’s appearance on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike yielded little news (“We’re getting better,” “players need to lose themselves in the team,” etc.), but Cal did take the opportunity to remind listeners that he doesn’t like the one-and-done rule. When asked how he thinks the UK fan base has responded to this season’s so-called “letdown,” Cal said that the fans have been “fabulous” and have accepted the difficult task of growing to love players and then having to say goodbye to them so quickly. If Cal had his way, he said college basketball would move to the two-year rule:

“I’m one of the few coaches right now who will say let’s go to two years. It would be good for college players, good for the pros, good for everyone involved. I’m saying let’s go to two years.”

I don’t even want to dream of how awesome that would be.

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19 Comments for Cal reminds everyone he wants to go to the two-year rule



  1. snoopaloop
    10:49 am February 11, 2013 Permalink

    *COUGH* everybody on this team needs to stay *COUGH*



  2. Bear
    10:49 am February 11, 2013 Permalink

    UCLA record would be ours pretty darn quick



  3. Twitter Account Denied
    10:53 am February 11, 2013 Permalink

    I think high schoolers should be able to enter the draft, and if they are not drafted, then they could go to college. And once you are in college, 2 or 3 years minimum.



  4. Dusten
    11:03 am February 11, 2013 Permalink

    It’s an NBA rule, I believe. Not a college basketball rule.



  5. OregonCat
    11:04 am February 11, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t think it would be as awesome as you think it would be. In terms of overall talent in the college ranks it could be better for the game, but there’s only a handful of top talent that will willingly go to school together. I think we’re hitting that threshold right now…it’s not like if players stayed at least 2 years, we’d still be getting on the players we currently have.



  6. Alamo_CatFan
    11:11 am February 11, 2013 Permalink

    Your dream would be something like this today:

    PG – Teague, Harrow
    SG – Mays, Goodwin
    SF – MKG
    PF – Wiltjer, Poythress
    C – AD, Noel, WCS

    That’s assuming Noel comes with AD in place. MKG would be the difference maker IMO (with Teague a close second). 2-year rule from the NBA would be a big difference maker for us over the next 2 years though.



  7. Skeller03
    11:30 am February 11, 2013 Permalink

    I think it would make sense for the NBA to make the requirement 2 yrs of college or more (or none) because it would give more time for college player evaluation, thus better pro projections resulting in saved money on one and dones who aren’t ready yet.



  8. snoopaloop
    11:33 am February 11, 2013 Permalink

    Wouldn’t this backfire for recruiting? Cal wouldn’t be able to get four to five 5-stars each year with the same caliber players already here. Elite talent wouldn’t be so quick to come here and sit the bench or get less playing time. I think the rest of the country would benefit since the talent would be dispersed to more teams.



  9. OregonCat
    11:33 am February 11, 2013 Permalink

    I think the NBA is fine with a 2-year rule, it’s the player’s union who is against it.



  10. Poythress' Beast Mode
    11:46 am February 11, 2013 Permalink

    I agree with 5. Even though Cal has the recruiting talent of God hollering at the Virgin Mary, I don’t see these talented guys giving up on showing their talent for two full years. We’d still end up cycling through rough recruiting years and then landing huge classes.
    I think there would also be more high schoolers going to Europe, because the scam of graduating from high school early essentially lets them join the league right out of high school, and to deny them that, they would rather get paid and you’d see more Brandon Jennings shenanigans.



  11. Smitty
    11:47 am February 11, 2013 Permalink

    Recruiting will change dramatically. Would B.Knight come if J. Wall is still here? And so on………



  12. So?
    12:00 pm February 11, 2013 Permalink

    #8 how would recruiting backfire? Wouldn’t you rather Davis, MKG, Noel, Knight, etc. stay 2 years and improve by leaps and bounds than stay 1 year? I think over time, UK would be more successful in terms of advancing deep in the NCAA tourney with a 2 year rule. So we miss a couple guys in the current year. Who cares? We would still have last year’s top recruits with experience!
    #11 why would u care if B Knight came if u have a more seasoned, poised, knowledgable Wall on the roster for a 2nd year? I don’t get this point of view. After all, didn’t Cal get Bledsoe to come play with Wall IN THE SAME YEAR? Noel and WCS in same year? So why would they not come a year apart?
    2 year rule would be awesome.



  13. BravoBigBlue
    12:11 pm February 11, 2013 Permalink

    If there were a 2-year rule, Cal would still lead the charge in recruiting. Kentucky would still be THE program in college basketball. In fact, even more so than now. The idea of the NBA taking players straight out of high school has been tried. For the most part, it failed. There have been maybe TEN (10) success stories (Garnett, Kobe, LeBron, and a few others). There were a lot that didn’t get a sniff in the NBA. I don’t look for the league to go back to that. Two years, they might just do that.



  14. Smitty
    12:14 pm February 11, 2013 Permalink

    12. It would b nice to have those guys stay 2 years but, you wouldnt get Noel here with A.D… You wouldnt get Knight or Lamb with Wall and Bledsoe. Those guys you dont get would go to other programs.



  15. UKBlue1!
    12:17 pm February 11, 2013 Permalink

    The only way the NBA goes to 2 years if they are losing money. Right now most of the teams aren’t. I don’t see them ever allowing high school players to jump straight into the pro’s again. They had way to many bust. Now they are able to gage the talent a little better.

  16. 12, recruiting wouldn’t backfire, but there would be years where we wouldn’t get the hotshot PG if a Wall is coming back, or the best center if a Davis or a Noel were coming back. Yes, Cal did get Bledsoe and Wall to play together, but not everyone will do that.

    Cal would still kill it in recruiting, but there would be some players that we would lose out on because they don’t want to compete or share PT. I guess you could say it’s similar to Tevin Lawson: he commits to, but then de-commits from LSU and then he’s looking at UK because he doesn’t want to greyshirt. But, you can understand Les Miles’ position because LSU is loaded compared to us.



  17. Ibescootch
    12:48 pm February 11, 2013 Permalink

    Recruiting has only gotten so hot lately in Kentucky because of Cal. With one-and-done players coming and going, the success of our team is largely based on who we can bring in year over year. That just wouldn’t be the case with a two year rule, because for all the Brandon Knights you don’t get to take the place of the John Walls, you still have JOHN WALL that second year. And if Knight doesn’t come, who cares, you still get Teague to come after Wall based on a (probable) strong display from Wall over two years. So you’re constantly filling and refilling, but with a more stable example to show incoming recruits. Also, a two year rule would have very little effect on many other schools. Look at the players that have come out from other schools after one year and have had success in the NBA. It’s a very small number! So who cares if those players stick around their school another year? There’s no way they would develop at the same rate that a second year player at UK would. Especially an already highly-producing player like Davis, MKG, Cousins, Wall, Bledsoe, etc. The talent gap between UK and other schools would quickly become a wide chasm.



  18. Han
    1:37 pm February 11, 2013 Permalink

    1) They’d all benefit from staying, but Noel is a top 3 pick, probably #1. He can develop more in the NBA with his millions.

    On potential, WCS, Poythress, and Goodwin are probably all first-rounders, with guaranteed money. They’d all improve coming back, but do you risk the money on a career-ending injury, delay your dream, risk your stock falling if you get stuck behind a better freshman next year or the draft is better next year?

    If we get any of the 4 back, plus 1 of Wiggins, Randle, Gordon, and none of our other signees somehow leave because of the returner, we would be favorites automatically. Install a 2-year rule, assuming none of our guys flee to Europe, they could just sign us up for back-to-back.



  19. J in Orlando
    1:54 pm February 11, 2013 Permalink

    It would not be bad in that Cal’s teams would still have tons of talent…but overall, more top level talent would be at other programs as well, so winning the title would be tougher with that rule