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Calipari says “we hear ‘No’ a lot”

Drew did a great job of hitting on the highlights from John Calipari’s press conference earlier. If you don’t believe me, scroll down. If you do believe me, scroll down a little further to see one of the best headlines you’ll see all day about a mayor. Anyway, John Calipari had a few other interesting tidbits to share during the SEC teleconference, and one of them was about recruiting at Kentucky. Despite a non-stop string of #1 recruiting classes since his arrival, Calipari admits that it’s not always positive news when the phone rings and it’s a recruit on the other end.

‘If you think we get everyone we want, you’re out of your mind. We hear ‘no’ a lot.”

I don’t know if I put much weight in the use of “a lot,” but we have seen Kentucky miss on a few prospects over the years that Calipari and his staff would have really liked. Last year’s recruiting missed on perhaps more than usual. Here are the top 3 players I can recall Kentucky wanting and not getting (feel free to add to the list) in recent years:

Andrew Wiggins

Shabazz Muhammad

Alex Oriakhi

Article written by Ally Tucker

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59 Comments for Calipari says “we hear ‘No’ a lot”



  1. Limited-edition holographic flat-top
    3:03 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Anthony Bennett



  2. Luke
    3:04 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Xavier Henry



  3. Glad fan
    3:04 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Xavier Henry



  4. Good times
    3:05 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Mitch McGary



  5. Scott
    3:06 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Jai Lucas



  6. Good times
    3:06 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    #5, that was from the BCG era… unless you’re just being cheeky. 🙂



  7. UK Romeo
    3:07 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Aaron Gordon



  8. Kentucky Effect
    3:07 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Amile Jefferson



  9. Kentucky Effect
    3:08 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Jabari Parker



  10. Trd
    3:08 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Cj Leslie



  11. Good times
    3:10 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    #10, almost listed him too… still not sure how much we backed off him or he backed off us



  12. Susan
    3:10 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Weren’t we also sort of hoping for Jarnell Stokes?



  13. Bilbo
    3:11 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Leslie, shavazz, irving, Jefferson, Bennet, Barnes, Gordon, there’s a bunch really…who cares though we get the best regardless



  14. TJ McDuckett
    3:12 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Will Barton, Tobias Harris, perhaps Kyrie Irving



  15. Bilbo
    3:13 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Right on 14



  16. Rockfield, KY
    3:13 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    We had Stokes, but he wanted to enroll and play in January and we didn’t have the scholly available until the fall



  17. Good times
    3:14 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Tom Crean hears “No” even more from recruits… and not in regard to signing a letter of intent



  18. The Dude
    3:14 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Andre Drummond



  19. Rockfield, KY
    3:15 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Montrezl Harrell



  20. brent
    3:16 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Trevor Lacey, could have been big this past year



  21. yesterdays
    3:16 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    I think we cooled on Bennett. Alo, I dont know about Gordon- If you tell a kid that you have basically one spot for two players and that kid senses he is “option #2,” then is it really miss. I would add the Lyons kid from Xavier to this list- I think he ended up at zona.



  22. Chane Behanan
    3:17 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Me.



  23. Rockfield, KY
    3:17 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Kaleb Tarczewski (sp?)



  24. Ellen Calipari
    3:18 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    I tell him no all the time.



  25. UKBlue
    3:19 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    I know I’m biased: If you’re a kid, you would have to be totally insane to say no to UK. Hence the word kid: they don’t have the ability to see the big picture. We think Harrow was a problem, we dodged a huge bullet on Shabazz !!



  26. Good times
    3:22 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    #24, pending the safe return of the tupperware



  27. mm
    3:23 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    I know he doesn’t hear that from mcDonald’s druve thru



  28. TimeFor9
    3:31 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    27 that’s bc you work there



  29. Katdaddy
    3:33 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Where did Lacey end up transfering to?



  30. Katdaddy
    3:34 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    left a r out!



  31. Old Henry Man
    3:38 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    #29 NC State
    Harris to me was the biggest surprise.
    Bennett would have made the biggest difference



  32. Cole
    3:39 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Montrezl Harrel, would have been a huge pick up. Hated to see him go to the cards but can’t deny he would have been a season changer last year.



  33. Grant
    3:43 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Perry Ellis would have been a nice grab.



  34. J. Mac
    3:43 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Perry Ellis. Cal was after him for a long time and wanted him just as bad as any recruit in last years class not named Noel or Shabazz. Can’t win them all…..



  35. tennessee wildcat
    3:45 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    As long as we pick up 5-7 top rated recruits each year, it doesn’t matter to me. Chemistry is what counts.



  36. RuppWorker
    3:45 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Andrew Wiggins
    Shabazz Muhammed
    Adreian Payne
    Montrezl Harrel
    Chane Behanan
    Tobias Harris
    Trevor Lacey
    Perry Ellis
    Mitch McGary
    Amile Jefferson
    DeAndre Daniels
    Tony Wroten
    Royce White
    Josh Selby
    Kyrie Irving
    Will Barton
    C.J. Leslie
    Terrence Ross
    Xavier Henry

    So yea there has been a lot



  37. theWilkman
    3:53 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    OMG I can’t believe Cal doesn’t sign every single prospect in the top 25!



  38. kdh2011
    3:53 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    DaJuan Coleman



  39. UKnowMe
    3:54 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    36 Cal never went after Wroten it was the other way around.



  40. Musehobo
    4:03 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    I think the better question is whether he means “no” on a kid’s final decision or “no” as in “I’m not interested in playing at your school.” (pre-decision).

    To me, I’ve always felt like it was the case that Cal scrutinized the players in the top 30(ish) and then would go after his top ten. The way things are going, he would get like 4-8 of them. But I wonder how many kids he talks to about UK, where he just gets shot down. I gotta think not very often.



  41. itchythroad
    4:07 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Montez Harrell & Anthony Bennet if we actually had them last year who knows what would have happened



  42. Facts
    4:08 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    How’d that turn out for ’em? Oriachi won’t get drafted…..Shabazz will fall out of the top 5 (and maybe the top 10)…..and Andrew Wiggins will get picked behind Randle. #KentuckyEffect



  43. Kentucky Effect
    4:16 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Biggest misses were Irving, Wiggins, Muhammad, Harrel, Bennett, and Jabari Parker in my opinion. All would have been game changers



  44. ?
    4:20 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    28 – I agree 27’s comment stinks but yours…really

    Your insulting people that work at McDonald’s?



  45. DDT
    4:21 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Biggest miss was Lossing Dakota Eaton after all the hard work Billy G put into him….GOSH



  46. me
    4:27 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Cal stopped recruiting Jabari Parker months ago, he was going all-in on Wiggins, who was his biggest “miss” to date.

    Irving – wasn’t really an option, in the mix due to Rod Strickland’s relationship but that kid was Duke bound…we got Knight and it ended up better for us

    Bennett – Florida and UK backed off due to academics from the SEC…no issue with UNLV, worked for all involved

    Josh Selby? – is this a joke?

    True misses (top 5-10 players Cal ususally gets): Wiggins, Bazz, Ellis, Henry…interesting Self has snagged 3 of those.



  47. J in Orlando
    4:28 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Harrell wouldve been a lottery pick this year under Cal…going to Pitino cost him at least part of a lucrative pro career, but know surprise there.



  48. J in Orlando
    4:31 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    47 no*



  49. Lamont
    4:45 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Cal is an NIT clown
    How can he not make an NCAA Tournament in a year with so many weak teams?
    He should spend time coaching and less time on his Vespa



  50. tuxedo park
    4:45 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Jabari Parker never seemed like a possibility to me. I think the biggest whiff for Cal was Wiggins, for sure. A year ago he was a lock. Kansas seemed to just swoop in out of nowhere. Good thing we have a crazy talented team this year, shouldn’t hurt us too much. Okay, that’s really the last time I want to even mention Wiggins. We have a historic class of great kids that deserve our attention, let the guys who didn’t want to come to UK regret their decision come draft day.



  51. pitino
    5:07 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Shabazz
    Wiggins
    Karen Sypher



  52. We missed the boat ...
    5:20 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Konnor Tucker
    KC Ross-Miller
    Garrett Stutz
    Vinny Zollo
    CJ Villareno
    Michael Avery



  53. Since this has gotten absurd
    5:37 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Rotnei Clark
    Trae Golden
    Matt Pilgrim (post beast)



  54. GoCatsWin#9
    6:14 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Ricardo Ledo



  55. GoCatsWin#9
    6:22 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Terrence Ross, Tony Wroten



  56. G Man
    7:44 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Paul McCoy
    Hank Thorns
    Maurice Sutton
    Garret Stutz
    Ralph Sampson Jr



  57. JR
    8:33 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Ryan Harrow

    Matt Trabenski

    Dusty Mills

    Landon Sloan

    Mike Williams

    Donald Williams

    Keven Galloway.

    Dwight Perry

    Jarod Carter

    Micheal Porter



  58. Kevin C.
    9:48 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    I think Mitch McGary was a huuuge miss by Cal. The way he dominated late last year, I think he’d have done even better under Cal.



  59. Truth
    10:20 pm June 24, 2013 Permalink

    CJ Leslie – UK said no after Jones committed – Jones then switched at his presser to Wash, as we all know.
    Shabazz – sorry, but he told the staff he was coming; daddy interfered there and that’s fact. Not a “miss” by Cal at all.
    Bennett – UK backed off b/c he wouldn’t release his transcripts; UNLV was the only school getting that kid, shady as hell grades.
    Wroten – UK didn’t want him; kid wanted to go to UK w/ his boys Teague and MKG, Cal wanted none of that head-case.
    Selby – Cal chose Knight over Selby very early on.

    Some of you really think Cal “missed” on these guys? Do you know how to use the Internets and message boards to get some updates? Sheesh.