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Calipari said he believes 6-7 players will now go pro

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

John Calipari is currently doing his last call in show of the season, and just shared what may be some insight into the players’ draft decisions. Yesterday, Cal said he thinks 5-7 players will go pro. Tom Leach asked him if there was any change in that after meeting with his players today.

I think it might be 6-7. I would say I was on the phone today with probably 10 NBA clubs. Kenny was on with a bunch, some of the other coaches jumped on with some people. We’re getting our information together, we’ll let each family member talk directly with to the NBA directly if they choose to. The kids, they worked and they put themselves in a great position and now they have choices to make.”

Cal added that Marcus Lee and Tyler Ulis did not want Calipari to gather information for them, so that sounds pretty official that they’re staying. The staff has gathered information for Alex, and Cal said he is reviewing it.

After hearing that Dakari will make his decision by the end of the week, this doesn’t make me feel good about him coming back. Yesterday, Cal said he’s encouraging the kids who know what they want to do to go ahead and announce it.

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12 Comments for Calipari said he believes 6-7 players will now go pro



  1. SanDiegoCats
    6:48 pm April 7, 2015 Permalink

    I completely understand that this is a players first program, but I just don’t understand encouraging someone like to Dakari Johnson to declare for the draft. Nigel Hayes from Wisconsin, for example, had a more productive year and is projected to be drafted higher yet decided to return for another season. Dakari can absolutely improve his game and draft stock by returning, getting increased minutes, and touches.



    • cats42301
      7:06 pm April 7, 2015 Permalink

      Completely agree! I’ll even go one further and say if Cal doesn’t encourage Lyles and Booker also to come back I think he is doing them a disservice. I don’t care what the projections say, they are NOT READY. Players first should mean more than just how many players you can put on your resume as having sent to the NBA. Some of these guys should call Teague, Lamb, Miller, Liggins etc.and ask how “easy” it is to make and stay on an NBA team. None of them are currently on one! Something they should think about! All of UK’s ex players NBA stories aren’t all positive ones and for some reason I seem to think Cal wants to paint them all a rosy picture for some reason. Like the poster above nothing against Dakari but anyone who thinks he’s ready to play against the likes of Boogie or Davis 5 nights a week is just dead wrong.



    • soggyUKgrad
      7:40 pm April 7, 2015 Permalink

      I respect both points of view discussed above, but I think you guys are evaluating the wrong facts. If Dakari, Lyles, & Booker are all projected in the 1st Round, the question they must answer isn’t “Are you ready to compete in the NBA.” The question they have to answer is “Are you ready to become a millionaire?” The players that are projected into the 2nd Round are completely different, as they aren’t gauranteed any contract.



    • roflectomy
      7:49 pm April 7, 2015 Permalink

      The NBA draft is not about readiness, it’s about potential. Some players come out of high school ready for the NBA, some come out of their freshman year, some don’t become ready for the NBA til they have been in the NBA for 2 years or so.

      There’s a reason that Devin Booker and Trey Lyles are projected barely outside the lottery. They can go to a middle of the road team and have little pressure to perform immediately, while getting world class training. If you show enough promise in college, an NBA team will be interested in you. For guys like Trey, Devin, and even Dakari, it’s about how much work you are willing to put in to get there.

      I personally don’t think any of those three should go, because I think they will each improve their draft stock dramatically with another year. But Trey and Devin are each looking at around 1.4m/yr in salary if they go now, without the risk of ending up like Alex or even potentially just playing badly and damaging their stock. Dakari, if he goes at the end of the first round, will be looking at just under $1m. It’s asking a lot to pass up $1m in the coming year and risk getting hurt.



    • Tomasito
      8:20 pm April 7, 2015 Permalink

      I don’t think he is encouraging Dakari to leave. He is gathering information. I don’t think Dakari wants to come back, and honestly he can’t improve his stock much. He has been here two years and probably won’t get better. He is what he is at this point. If a team in the late first round says they would be willing to take a chance on him he should go.



  2. 25OR624
    6:57 pm April 7, 2015 Permalink

    Sounds like CAL’s encouraging most kids to move on, some of whom should not. Cases in point: The Twins, Dakari, Booker…At this juncture, these CATS will not attain longevity in the NBA; but, they will – in time – perhaps, see the world from the hardwood whether overseas and/or coaching at some point . Booker is definitely NOT ready. Lyles is most likely to make it in the NBA along with WCS who has a future that’s truly up to WCS. Lyles is just going to bloom and explode on the scene. Dude is a talent.



  3. cats42301
    7:20 pm April 7, 2015 Permalink

    This NBA talk is nauseating especially when we should be celebrating a NC that our team basically gave away.



    • Gitback Coach
      10:51 am April 8, 2015 Permalink

      This is what we signed up for when Cal was hired. Players first.

      Hey, even Matt admitted on today’s show that he wouldn’t trade all of UK’s “pros” for another NCAA title over the past six years. So we’re now basically “AAU of K” . . . where the outcomes of games don’t matter nearly as much putting players on a roster at the next level.

      I’ll give the fan base about two more years before they really begin to complain about this nonsense. But by that time, Cal will have skipped town. If his career confirms nothing else, it shows that he has an uncanny ability to stay one step ahead of the heat.



  4. Kelkat
    7:27 pm April 7, 2015 Permalink

    Most of the kids that leave early are rarely ready. I don’t think Calipari encourages or pushes them out the door like a lot of people seem to think. I think he provides them with feedback and info and let’s them decide. If Cal gives them info and it’s not very positive and they still choose to go pro…then Cal supports their decision and tries to help them as best he can by promoting their attributes.

    Why do people believe he encourges his players to go pro? And wouldn’t it be counter productive for the kid if Cal came out and said…”Well, I tried to talk him out of it but…” So, of course Cal is going to promote them and make it look like a positive thing for that kid to do. I just don’t think a lot of people get that Calipari is doing all he can to help his players succeed even if it means supporting a kid’s decision to go pro even when he isn’t ready.



  5. rdhack
    7:56 pm April 7, 2015 Permalink

    EVERYONE seems to think moving on means ONLY the N.B.A. These 18-20 yr old KIDS can make MILLIONS playing in other countries. How much are you guys making next year? AND how old are you?



  6. plumloopy
    8:34 pm April 7, 2015 Permalink

    I think Cal is not only a PR agent for his players to the NBA, for the media, but also for the players to the fanbase. If he suggests that 6-7 players have the NBA as an option than those players are perceived as heroes when they decide to return. IMO, the number should be 3-5 at best, but we’ll see.



  7. symphonist41169
    8:26 am April 8, 2015 Permalink

    Cal also thought the Harrisons, Alex, and WCS would leave at the end of last year and they decided to stay. All speculation, including from Cal, at this point.