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The Kentucky Effect

Lost in the flurry of John Calipari quotes from his media session in Bowling Green yesterday was this little nugget regarding the draft prospects of guys who hail from Kentucky.  Calipari said there’s a phenomenon he calls “The Kentucky Effect”, which means you get a “20 percent bump, whether that’s your draft position or your shoe contract” simply by playing for the Cats.  While I can’t really vouch for the math part of it (someone smarter will have to do that), I like they way Calipari phrased it.  The Kentucky Effect.  Even better, saying it at the Bowling Green satellite campe, which hosts some of the best fourth and fifth grade prospects in Western Kentucky, just proves that this guy knows the right place to put out the right message.  He gets it.

Other symptoms of The Kentucky Effect include sudden urges to dance, pooping ice cream and terrible first pitches.

Article written by Thomas Beisner

10 Comments for The Kentucky Effect

  1. Sparks T-shirt sleeves
    1:35 pm June 21, 2011 Permalink

    I hope I ruined someone’s first

  2. Lex07
    1:41 pm June 21, 2011 Permalink

    I am pretty sure he is referring to the CURRENT “Kentucky effect”, of which he accounts for about 85% of it. If he left UK for another school, the “effect” would travel with him. In other words, I agree with you that it is nice of him to call it such to make the locals feel good…

  3. jesco white
    1:58 pm June 21, 2011 Permalink

    I agree. If Bledsoe had been any other place he would have shined even more, but he was drafted high based on his #’s imo. Look at Orton anywhere else he doesnt go as high based on what he did. Cal would have had Hopson, and lots of other guys in the NBA much sooner, Samardo, etc.

  4. Don
    2:00 pm June 21, 2011 Permalink

    BrandonKnight12 Brandon E Knight

    “No matter what I do, where I go, who I meet. I will always bleed blue!” #bbnfamily

    🙂 I love that kid!

  5. SadbutTrue
    2:28 pm June 21, 2011 Permalink

    Orton is the Kentucky Effect

    good luck to him but no way he should of gone in the first round

  6. bung
    3:01 pm June 21, 2011 Permalink

    Uk has been good for Coach Cal.

  7. KD
    9:26 pm June 21, 2011 Permalink

    5 absolutly, But Orton is a big body he would have made it from just about any school & 7 footers that can chew bubble gum and walk will get drafted though.

    10:13 pm June 21, 2011 Permalink

    He gets it.

  9. The Judge
    9:45 am June 22, 2011 Permalink

    2- The “Kentucky Effect” didn’t exist for Cal while he was at Memphis or UMass, now did it? It’s a two-way synergy that has created one of the greatest recruiting juggernauts of all time. So suck on that, Tipton.

  10. The Judge
    10:10 am June 22, 2011 Permalink

    7 Randolph Morris didn’t, for one.