With the NBA draft only days away, John Calipari took a moment to remind the league and everyone else about how well his Kentucky players perform at the next level.
“In most cases, our players overdeliver on their draft position over a period of time, and I expect this draft class to do the same,” he said of Kentucky’s next crop of talent entering the professional ranks.
Read the full pitch he posted to his social media accounts on Monday:
If you know me, you know I don’t like to look in the rearview mirror very much, but I’m sitting here this morning thinking about graduation day later this week. It marks the end of our season. We won 30 games and were an overtime game away from the Final Four. Individual players grew all season.
During the season it’s about our team. Once it’s over, it’s about those kids, and now we’ve got another group of players who are about to have their dreams come true. I’m proud that our kids have gone into that league prepared mentally to compete at the highest level. It’s obvious they have.
I can remember talking about (Jamal Murray) and (Shai Gilgeous-Alexander) in recent years on the impact they would have. I was pretty on point. Now we’ve got three guys in the green room, and I’m telling you, when we look back next year, we’re going to see the impact they had on the teams they’re drafted by. In most cases, our players overdeliver on their draft position over a period of time, and I expect this draft class to do the same.
And let me say this: If you have a young team, you should take (Reid Travis). You talk about a professional who can make a difference, Reid is that guy. He’s physically ready to play in that league and he’s a great locker room guy.
The draft is Thursday night and there will be a couple of GMs who mess up and pass on the UK guys. They can’t say Cal didn’t warn them.