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The highlights of Cal’s Annual Recruiting Manifesto

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I have a theory that John Calipari only puts up posts on his website on the slowest news days of the year. Fortunately, today is one of them. Cal’s been on vacation, and told the BBN this morning that a few days of quiet reflection on the beach got him thinking about some things. True to form, Cal released his “annual recruiting manifesto” this afternoon. Here are the highlights:

Kentucky’s Core Values

Not to be confused with Charlie Strong’s core values, Cal says the core values UK uses for its team and recruiting are all centered around–you guessed it–players-first:

I talk all the time about our core values, which is all based on players-first. Our offense may change year to year and our defense may change year to year, but the staples of playing harder than the other team, of playing more for your teammates than yourself, of playing to your strengths and being the team that’s having the most fun, that never changes. We want to be a great defensive team that blocks a lot of shots, and we want to be a team that plays really fast and efficiently, but how we do that is what changes from season to season based on the strengths of our personnel.

You can’t copy UK’s recruiting philosophy

Sorry, Tom Crean. You can’t just copy UK’s recruiting philosophy; it changes every year:

If anybody is looking at us and saying, “Here’s their blueprint, this is what they’re doing,” they’re chasing windmills. Truth be told, it’s not an exact science. Every year is different because every team is different, every player is different and our needs from season to season are different.

Package deals don’t always benefit the individual

Cal also took a few shots at the package deals that keep popping up in recruiting these days, most notably in the 2014 class between Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor:

If players want to play together, that’s OK, but it must benefit ALL the players. If not, it’s a huge mistake for one or more of those guys.

Ultimately, what I think a kid should be thinking about is what’s in the best interest of his individual career.

Why Kentucky?

Why should a top recruit pick UK? Because UK gives player the best opportunity to reach their dreams. But, it doesn’t come easy. Cal says that players must put themselves in a position to win a national championship by pushing past their comfort level and making sacrifices for their team. #BrothersKeeper #Surrender

When a student-athlete is making a decision where he wants to play college basketball, he should decide who can prepare him the best and who can put him in the best position to reach his dreams. Those should be the overriding factors. The player has to understand to truly reach his potential, he must: 1.) Be on a team that wins and has a chance to win a national championship, 2.) Work beyond his comfort level, and 3.) Be willing to make sacrifices for his team.

Where you go DOES matter

If you’re a top player, it doesn’t matter where you go, right? You’ll get to the NBA anyways? WRONG, says Cal:

If a program tells you that you’re so good that it doesn’t matter where you go to school, that’s the first school I’m marking off my list. History tells us that it’s just not true. It does matter where you go. I’m not saying that Kentucky is the only place that can make your dreams come true, because this isn’t for everybody, but for anybody to say that it doesn’t matter where you go — without trying to embarrass any players — we know that’s not true.

Hear that, Shabazz?

Ultimately, Cal says that the nation’s top players should go to a school that “can prepare me to reach my dreams and help me grow as a person and as a student.”

Go read it all at CoachCal.com:

[Annual recruiting manifesto: It’s about who can help you reach your dreams]

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

20 Comments for The highlights of Cal’s Annual Recruiting Manifesto



  1. Luke
    2:57 pm July 2, 2013 Permalink

    > but for anybody to say that it doesn’t matter where you go — without trying to embarrass any players — we know that’s not true.

    Sha-burn.



  2. mike
    3:23 pm July 2, 2013 Permalink

    what he says rings true



  3. Austin
    3:27 pm July 2, 2013 Permalink

    I like my team



  4. Wedding Planner
    3:31 pm July 2, 2013 Permalink

    well we can close the book on tyus jones and okafor

    I think cal is gonna leave for Cleveland Cavaliers after this year. thats why recruiting is taking a dip



  5. PhilUK18
    3:35 pm July 2, 2013 Permalink

    8-

    And what would possibly make you think that? Because you’re a troll? Nobody in the top 5 has committed anywhere yet in the class of 2014. The highest ranked recruit that has committed so far, according to ESPN rankings, is Karl Townes, and we all know where he’s going.

    7-

    I find it incredibly sad that all you have to do in your afternoons is troll UK fan sites. Isn’t there an old lady’s purse to snatch and a blunt to smoke?



  6. HonestFan
    3:39 pm July 2, 2013 Permalink

    Harrison twins were a package deal? Really don’t like how cal takes shots at these kids. He preaches against teams negative recruiting but it’s ok for him to sometimes call out kids. These are high schoolers not grown men



  7. PhilUK18
    3:40 pm July 2, 2013 Permalink

    Mods going hard right now. Just so I don’t look crazy, “8” is now directed at Post 4. And the “7” post was deleted



  8. Wedding Planner
    3:40 pm July 2, 2013 Permalink

    I think Cal is gonna leave after next year which is why recruiting is taking a dip

    no way tyus and jahlil come now



  9. PhilUK18
    3:41 pm July 2, 2013 Permalink

    6.

    How is Calipari calling kids out or taking shots at anyone here? All he said is that a package deal MIGHT not be the best for all parties, which can be true.



  10. Wedding Planner
    3:42 pm July 2, 2013 Permalink

    5- listen to ksr.. just today Matt said we aint get jones and okafor.. we are not favorites for anyone.. im just being realistic



  11. NineWillBeFine
    3:43 pm July 2, 2013 Permalink

    8.

    Recruiting has taken a dip? Hardly anyone has committed in the class of 2014 yet, and almost all of the top 10 are still on the board. I’ll take Mudiay, Alexander and Townes (who we have already) over Okafor and Tyus anyway



  12. Mc
    4:03 pm July 2, 2013 Permalink

    #10) It’s now July of 2013. The 2013-2014 season has not started yet, and is month’s away. I think it’s pretty early in the process for 2014 recruits. I’d like to reiterate….it’s early. From this year’s class, who committed by July 2nd?



  13. Big J
    4:04 pm July 2, 2013 Permalink

    Yes, each of those points can be associated with some of the individual recruits in the ’14 class but ALL of those points are geared directly at Kyle.



  14. Brian
    4:14 pm July 2, 2013 Permalink

    A message to someone in a message to everyone – no one does that better than Cal.



  15. Mark
    4:34 pm July 2, 2013 Permalink

    I felt like the artical was good and Cal is not going anywhere. He will load up the 2014 team just like he loads it up ever year. And he may be spot on about keeping two players together but he must think the package deal of the twins would work, or we would not have them. And no one is sure what is going to happen with Kyle but his dad seems to think he is staying, maybe red shirting for a year but staying.



  16. What the Hell!
    4:38 pm July 2, 2013 Permalink

    “It doesn’t matter where you go to school, that’s the first school I’m marking off my list. History tells us that it’s just not true. It does matter where you go.”

    Stoops and co. must be so pissed reading the above statement/interview right now. Other schools “better” than UK can as well show this interview to our potential recruits.



  17. PhilUK18
    4:41 pm July 2, 2013 Permalink

    10.

    No, you’re not being realistic, you’re being stupid. Cal has either 5 #1 ranked classes in a row, or 4 #1 classes and 1 ranked #2. And you seriously think this year it’s suddenly going to tank and we won’t end up with a great class? And what would possibly make you think Cal is leaving? He’s said about 100 times in the past several years that he isn’t going anywhere. He’s building something incredible here, and he knows it.



  18. notsofastCal
    4:51 pm July 2, 2013 Permalink

    I’m not betting against Shabazz and his NBA future. Sure he showed a bit of a selfish side, but I want a guy on my team who feels like he deserves the ball (or the final shot)



  19. Ruppeat Offender
    5:04 pm July 2, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t think Cal was necessarily talking about Shabazz – he just slid down (as did Noel) much further than anyone would have thought last June. He probably had CJ Leslie in mind.



  20. DCS195
    5:19 pm July 2, 2013 Permalink

    16) What are you talking about. You think Stoops is telling recruits that it doesn’t matter where they are going to school. I sure don’t think that. He’s not telling the Ohio kids that it doesn’t matter whether you play against the top SEC teams for exposure and a chance to play the best in college football. He’s not telling them that it doesn’t matter where they go if they want to be close to home and still play the best there is. They certainly are not telling defensive recruits that it doesn’t matter where they go, because any coach can get most of their defensive players drafted in the NFL. You’d better bet your last dollar that Stoops is telling all the recruits that it does matter, and it matters a lot where they go to school to get all of the positives that UK can give them. You should think before you post.