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Calipari thinks the 2016 recruiting class could be one of his best ever


John Calipari was a guest on Seth Greenberg’s podcast that was released today and after listening to it, the man definitely had his swagger back. Greenberg, Andy Katz, and Cal tackled a number of topics, including Jamal Murray, this year’s team, rule changes, and NBA rumors, but his most exciting remarks came when he talked about the 2016 recruiting class.

This year’s recruiting class that we’re in the middle of right now, could be one of our best ever. The kids that I’m seeing that we’re involved with that I feel really good about, this could be our best class ever, and that’s a pretty scary statement coming from who we’ve been able to recruit over the last 25 years.”

Everyone’s been talking about how loaded the 2016 class is, and hearing Cal’s confidence about UK’s chances with the guys he likes makes me feel a whole lot better.

Also swag-inducing: Cal’s comments about Jamal Murray.

“To do what he did at age 18 against Team USA, basically keep his team in it and win,” Cal said. “I think he’ll come in and be able to score for us. You watch that game, gotta put the ball in his hands. We knew he was good. There were things that we learned about him. …I’m excited about it.”

“Looking at this incoming class, this could be a crazy one for us. The class that we have the team that we have, I’m excited about it,” Cal said. “I think we have at least five guys, maybe six that will have an opportunity to put their name in next year’s draft.”

Another interesting nugget: Cal’s comments about retirement and the possibility of his son walking on at UK.

“First of all, my wife has already told me if he decides to come, ‘you’re not leaving,’ so that would mean I’m here five more years. If I’m here five more years, why not stay ’til 70, why not sign a new contract and I’ll be 70 when I leave. Seems like everyone coaches until 70, I was thinking 60, but maybe I’ll coach until 72, maybe 73,” Cal said. “If he comes and he wants to walk on, to be able to spend four years with my son and the ups and downs of this? The only thing is he likes to talk back, you can’t do that when you’re playing for me.”

Hmm. Listen to the entire podcast below. Cal’s segment starts around the 4:30 mark.

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17 Comments for Calipari thinks the 2016 recruiting class could be one of his best ever

  1. Jason
    4:10 pm July 28, 2015 Permalink

    So is Brad Calipari become the most important recuit ever?

    • UKfaninLou
      4:18 pm July 28, 2015 Permalink

      Haha, you said it! Come on down, Brad!

  2. theWilkman
    4:11 pm July 28, 2015 Permalink

    Could we be so lucky to have him 14 more years?

    Cue the trolls always lurking on KSR trying to hide the fact that they just emptied their bowels.

  3. Mixxy
    4:21 pm July 28, 2015 Permalink

    The only one who can recruit with Cal today is Coach K, but there’s no way he will even be alive 12 or more years, so Cal can totally dominate the sport in those outlying years if he coaches into his seventies!

    • Catsrus
      6:40 pm July 28, 2015 Permalink

      Coach K: Rat face will implode. Someone owes Cal an apology for all the hits he took for recruiting one and dones. Now that K has jumped in feet first, the Dukies at ESPN will praise the practice.

  4. Rupp Arena
    4:27 pm July 28, 2015 Permalink


  5. Jud
    4:48 pm July 28, 2015 Permalink

    So who are the kids, Cal is going to get in 2016? Every year this drives me nuts.

    • damn
      5:23 pm July 28, 2015 Permalink

      that must suck for you. i guess having the #1-3 class every year since he’s been here isnt enough to help you relax?

  6. Leuther
    7:56 pm July 28, 2015 Permalink

    My sources say that Dook will have the #1 recruiting class for 2016…

    • tony
      8:37 pm July 28, 2015 Permalink

      Are u for real or just a Duke fan. Either way ur a loser

    • Leuther
      8:37 pm July 28, 2015 Permalink

      40 and Oh, baby!

    • Big Al and the Boys
      9:21 pm July 28, 2015 Permalink

      Ok Leuther, you said you wanted to play the male U.L cheerleader tonite. So just let me know, did you want to go down or bend over? It’s your turn to choose.

    • Mixxy
      8:50 am July 29, 2015 Permalink

      Maybe we didn’t get to 40-0, but we came closer than anyone else ever has!

    • Dave Pearce
      6:00 pm July 29, 2015 Permalink

      The tournament champions generally get the favorable nod when it comes to recruiting…

  7. abgbbn
    8:45 pm July 28, 2015 Permalink

    For real though who are the kids that cal is more than likely going to get on board for the 2016 class?

    • theWilkman
      9:49 am July 29, 2015 Permalink

      Maybe read the 100+ posts on this site about it?

  8. Dave Pearce
    5:57 pm July 29, 2015 Permalink

    Seriously just talking about how many first rounders? No education or academics or how many will graduate???