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Recover from your #LouisilleHateDay hangover with a little Cal wisdom

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.

Article written by Corey Nichols

7 Comments for Recover from your #LouisilleHateDay hangover with a little Cal wisdom

  1. Blue
    9:25 am August 31, 2012 Permalink

    Personally, I didn’t want Vanderbilt to win last night, as much as I hate Steve Spurrier. Why? Because if Vandy beats a top-10 opponent in the first game of the season, it is just more confirmation that Vanderbilt has been able to build a successful program in roughly two seasons, while Kentucky continues to wallow in mediocrity. If Vanderbilt can have a good football team, Kentucky most certainly can too.

  2. The 15 Second Man
    9:37 am August 31, 2012 Permalink

    Just shows you how out of touch Cal is. It is better to take 5* one and dones, and turn them into 4 and nones. Follow me @15secondman or @noNBAcareer4U

  3. mashburnfan1
    10:19 am August 31, 2012 Permalink

    The SEC officials appear to be in midseason form. On replay last night they showed a ref looking right at the play from the same angle as the camera. How can he not call that, was not even close. What a shame but it will happen several more times as this was just game one.

  4. jack
    10:50 am August 31, 2012 Permalink

    This isn’t the first time and sadly won’t be the last. SEC football officials are notorious for “Officiating by uniform”. Bottom feeders like Ole Miss, Vandy, Mississippi State and, sadly, UK have had to put up with this for years. It’s obvious and it’s flagrant. Last night’s back-judge, the one looking right at the play, deserves to be suspended if not fired. Vandy may not have scored anyway but they at least deserved the opportunity.

  5. smoke and mirrors
    11:10 am August 31, 2012 Permalink

    Mr. Kentucky basketball himself, Calapari has spoken. Let the heavens open up for he has spoken.So glad he came here and invented this game,just wish he would preach somewhere…..

  6. HicksPickSix
    11:17 am August 31, 2012 Permalink

    The Louisville Hate Day is now my favorite for two reasons: it gives us a day of great writing at widdle bruthu’s expense as well as one that is Corey Nichols free!

  7. me
    2:13 pm August 31, 2012 Permalink

    1-ok, we were able to knock of the National Champs, LSU Tigers, but that didnt mean were ready to call ourselves a football school. Keep in mind, that yes Vandy did beat us last year, but they also finished at 6-7.