Well, that was fun, huh? Yesterday was a perfect storm of excellence, with both #LouisvilleHateDay and the start of the college football season giving us all plenty of reasons to be in good spirits. But now that it’s over, we have to go through our day with just a normal amount of Louisville hate, without the nationally trending Twitter tag. That’s okay, though, cause Coach Cal is around with a little advice to help you in the coming days. Well, it’ll help you if you’re a high school basketball recruit anyways.
Cal put up a piece on his personal site addressing the Five Myths of Recruiting. This isn’t the first time he’s done so, as there was a similar column last year. But with a National Championship between then and now, the advice carries a little more weight to recruits who might be paying attention.
The article is written primarily toward recruits, with an eye on keeping them informed of some of the ins and outs of the process. The advice ranges from “you shouldn’t just go to whichever school has recruited you the longest,” to “exposure isn’t the same everywhere you go,” and is very sound throughout.
Most relevant, though, is the recruiting myth that Calipari spent all last season absolutely blowing to smithereens: “You don’t want to play with the best players because everyone will be out for themselves.” That last year’s Wildcats had the numbers 1 and 2 NBA Draft picks on the same team is amazing. That those two players were 4th and 5th in shots taken is absolutely unbelievable. Specifically, Cal said:
We shot plenty holes in that myth in our run to the national championship, wouldn’t you say?
The reality is you want to learn to play with the best players because at every level from here on out, that is what you will be doing. What I have found is that the teams that are a compilation of the best players — and the ones where everyone becomes their brothers’ keepers — are the ones which have the most success both together and individually.
That was proven three seasons ago when we became the first program ever to have five first-round NBA draft picks, again in 2011 when our Final Four team had four players drafted, and of course last season with the national title and a record six draft picks. We’ve had 15 players drafted over the last three years while being one of the most efficient teams in the country in both offense and defense.
Hard to argue with that, right? Iron sharpeneth iron, as they say, and there’s no doubt that Cal’s teams have always looked pretty sharp. I like how he casually threw the National Title in there, too. NBD, right Cal?
All the advice is good, and gives those of us who weren’t recruited for something other than curling a little insight into the process. As 2013 recruiting is going harder than ever, this seems perfectly timed to help some high school players make sure their priorities are solid. I believe that everything Cal does is intentional, so there’s probably a recruit or two out there who can benefit from his experience that needed to read something like this. Who knows, maybe they’re reading it right now.
FOOTBALL! I was rooting for both SEC teams to lose, but you can’t tell me that this wasn’t pass interference. Unacceptable.