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Jahlil Okafor says Calipari told him other coaches disrespect him, Okafor agrees

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Jahlil Okafor is the latest top recruit to get his own USA Today High School Blog, and for his first entry, he talked about his game, playing with Tyus Jones, and the various coaches recruiting him, starting with John Calipari:

I had a really good talk with Coach (John) Calipari about a week ago. Kentucky has been hitting me up a lot lately. The talk with Coach Cal was cool. He was telling me about how he felt about last season and how that went. Then he was telling me about how he gets disrespected by a lot of the other coaches in recruiting, which is actually true because I’ve heard a few things myself.

He really explained a lot to me and I learned a lot.

Who are the other coaches recruiting the top player in 2014? Tom Izzo, Bill Self, Thad Matta, and Duke assistants Jeff Capel and Steve Wojciechowski (to this day, I still have to google how to spell that) are the ones that Okafor mentions, but he also has offers from North Carolina, Florida, Florida State and Illinois, among others. Cal’s been getting top recruits for years; are we seriously still at the point that all other coaches think they can do to get a leg up is bad mouth him?

Check out the rest of Jahlil’s blog, which he’ll update once a month:

[Jottings from Jahlil: Top junior Jahlil Okafor talks Andrew Wiggins, recruiting and beating Tyus Jones]

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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22 Comments for Jahlil Okafor says Calipari told him other coaches disrespect him, Okafor agrees



  1. Jimmy
    3:37 pm May 15, 2013 Permalink

    Ummm interesting!!!!



  2. AJH
    3:49 pm May 15, 2013 Permalink

    This doesn’t surprise me at all. And yet, Cal is always the bad guy.



  3. CareEnoughToTellYouThis
    3:53 pm May 15, 2013 Permalink

    Not going to be a Cat. Not interested.



  4. Musehobo
    3:54 pm May 15, 2013 Permalink

    The fact is, these other coaches are going to lie, or do whatever else it takes to get recruits away from Cal. I bet he gets disrespected every time Ole Daggum Roy visits a player.



  5. jus sayin
    4:09 pm May 15, 2013 Permalink

    I like the Blogs for recruits. That was a good idea whoever did that at ESPN.



  6. Nah
    4:09 pm May 15, 2013 Permalink

    We will be getting Cliff Alexander and Mudiay, not him and Jones.



  7. dude
    4:10 pm May 15, 2013 Permalink

    If you permanently change Wojo’s last name to Gotabusedbywayneturner it’s a lot easier.



  8. CoffeeBlack
    4:17 pm May 15, 2013 Permalink

    We NEED to get this guy because him and Tyus Jones are a package deal



  9. Chuck
    4:17 pm May 15, 2013 Permalink

    He is NOT coming here. I don’t know why cal is wasting his time. Dakari will return and Towns Jr is coming in. jason Jordan was being an ass anyway towards UK fans on twitter.



  10. nick
    4:22 pm May 15, 2013 Permalink

    I have friends that have recruited to D1 programs in football. Trash talking is part of recruiting, everyone does it.



  11. HEHATEME
    4:22 pm May 15, 2013 Permalink

    Haters gonna hate



  12. SexnNursinHomes
    4:25 pm May 15, 2013 Permalink

    When you can’t beat them, do it the ol American way. Just slander them till public opinion believes it.



  13. kadizkat
    4:31 pm May 15, 2013 Permalink

    Gee, the other coaches talk trash about Coach Cal, that’s news. I don’t even care anymore. No matter how much good he does in the community or for his players this is his reward. As someone else, nothing to see here, move along.



  14. I'VE GOT TO SAY THIS...
    4:44 pm May 15, 2013 Permalink

    What is so fascinating about the fact that coaches try to get an upper hand on each other. This has been done for years. Plus, what would you expect. Cal has had the number one class for basically the last 5yrs. The opposing coaches have to try something, just seems like they would come up with a better idea.



  15. Dee W.
    5:29 pm May 15, 2013 Permalink

    Ah…negative campaigning from some of the competition.

    I have some suspects in mind from that list…probably not Izzo…he seems classier than that.



  16. Megan
    5:39 pm May 15, 2013 Permalink

    7 – HA! I’m stealing that one.

    Tyler, in your heading, the antecedent of the second “him” is ambiguous: “Jahil Okafor says Calipari told him other coaches disrespected him (Okafor?), Okafor agrees.” I was expecting to read about how other coaches were disrespecting Okafor. Then again, sometimes I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer.



  17. Bill
    5:46 pm May 15, 2013 Permalink

    You mean like Matt Jones did to Cal when he was at Memphis?



  18. floorgeneral22
    6:19 pm May 15, 2013 Permalink

    Best line in the whole thing: “It was a good dunk. But I wouldn’t have been having it.”



  19. D Rose
    6:42 pm May 15, 2013 Permalink

    #17. You are so correct!



  20. ukcats42301
    7:08 pm May 15, 2013 Permalink

    16) Megan, I thought the same thing you did at first so don’t feel like the only dull knife. Haha. 🙂



  21. Dane Brammage
    7:17 pm May 15, 2013 Permalink

    EZ way to remember how to spell Steve Wojciechowski:

    PU$$YAZMOFO



  22. Liam tobin
    8:01 pm May 15, 2013 Permalink

    Instead of googling how to spell Steve Wojciechowski- just refer to him as the dude Jamal Maglore bent in half