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Tennessee writer says Cal turned UK into an expansion team

David Climer of The Tennessean was impressed by Kentucky’s freshmen in the win at Thomas-Boling Arena on Saturday, so much that he compared UK to an NBA expansion team. Climer wrote a nice little piece for his newspaper about the talent Cal is bringing into Lexington and how quickly he reloads when his studs leave after one year.

Under Calipari, Kentucky has become a stopover between high school and the NBA for players who are skilled beyond their years.

In the past two years, Kentucky has offered up seven NBA first-round draft picks – six of them freshmen. There might never be another recruiting class like Calipari’s first at Kentucky. He had four one-and-done players who were first-round picks, including No. 1 draftee John Wall.

But don’t undersell this freshman class. It might not have the pro potential of Wall’s class, but it is a group that has adjusted to the college game with uncommon ease.

Give it a read.

Then come back here.

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Article written by Drew Franklin

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12 Comments for Tennessee writer says Cal turned UK into an expansion team



  1. bigbluedude
    10:58 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    and i hope it stays that way! love winning games and going to final fours!



  2. GoCats2
    11:11 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Who is that kid in the suit next to Sam Cassell?



  3. yeah first!!
    11:11 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    holy moo cow. yay



  4. Poco Chang
    11:17 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    “Thomas”-Boling?



  5. sdc
    11:18 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    six picks, five of them freshmen.



  6. serdi
    11:43 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Climer wrote a nice piece. I think what is being overlooked is how well they have meshed with Miller, Jones, and Lamb. I think the other point that is being revealed is that Cal is an outstanding coach. Before he got to UK, his reputation was that he was a great recruiter. The fact that he has been able to build chemistry and get his UK teams to play together unselfishly is what is so incredible. Only a great coach could get that to happen.



  7. saki7
    12:04 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Sure is a fun time to be a UK fan. It won’t be quite this good forever, unfortunately, but I’m sure going to appreciate it while it lasts.



  8. LOL WHUT
    1:13 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    One and Done U!!!



  9. REAL BLY
    2:54 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Well at least we get Hood back next year



  10. Be Accurate .... Or Shut UP
    3:06 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Actually, it was five picks in the first round, not four: Wall, Bledsoe, Patterson, Cousins, and Orton.



  11. Papaw
    6:23 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    10. Patterson was not in their recruiting class.



  12. STEVE!
    7:12 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    5 – Kanter makes it seven picks, 6 of whom were Freshmen.