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Calipari’s perfect one-and-done streak in danger

One of John Calipari’s biggest claims to fame is that all 21 of his one-and-done players at Kentucky have been drafted in the first round; with Jarred Vanderbilt and Hamidou Diallo projected to be second round picks, that streak is probably going to break later this month.

Before we get into the loaded question of whether or not we care, let’s look back at how we got here, because it’s pretty remarkable.

Year Round Pick Player Draft Team
2010 1 1 John Wall Washington Wizards
2010 1 5 DeMarcus Cousins Sacramento Kings
2010 1 18 Eric Bledsoe Oklahoma City Thunder (to LA Clippers)
2010 1 29 Daniel Orton Orlando Magic
2011 1 3 Enes Kanter Utah Jazz
2011 1 8 Brandon Knight Detroit Pistons
2012 1 1 Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans
2012 1 2 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Charlotte Hornets
2012 1 29 Marquis Teague Chicago Bulls
2013 1 6 Nerlens Noel New Orleans Pelicans (to Philadelphia)
2013 1 29 Archie Goodwin Oklahoma City Thunder (to Phoenix)
2014 1 7 Julius Randle Los Angeles Lakers
2014 1 17 James Young Boston Celtics
2015 1 1 Karl-Anthony Towns Minnesota Timberwolves
2015 1 12 Trey Lyles Utah Jazz
2015 1 13 Devin Booker Phoenix Suns
2016 1 7 Jamal Murray Denver Nuggets
2016 1 28 Skal Labissiere Phoenix Suns (to Sacramento)
2017 1 5 De’Aaron Fox Sacramento Kings
2017 1 11 Malik Monk Charlotte Hornets
2017 1 14 Bam Adebayo Miami Heat

When you look at this list, it’s pretty crazy that this streak made it past Daniel Orton, so maybe Calipari owes the Orlando Magic a thank you card. His 100% success rate of one-and-dones being drafted in the first round has been his calling card for eight years, helping reel in five-star after five-star. On an impressive list of bragging rights, it is near the top.

The streak has survived close calls in 2010 (Orton), 2012 (Marquis Teague), 2013 (Archie Goodwin), and 2016 (Skal Labissiere), but will almost certainly snap this year. You could argue that Hamidou Diallo isn’t technically a one-and-done since he arrived at Kentucky during the 2016-17 season, but Jarred Vanderbilt definitely is, and due to his injury, I doubt he’ll hear his name called in the first round. Depending on where Hami goes, the streak of Kentucky freshmen drafted in the first round will end at 23 with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Kevin Knox.

Probably the only person that cares about this is Calipari, but he’s got countless other stats to fluff the recruiting pamphlet, such as 31 draft picks, 17 lottery picks, and three No. 1 picks over eight years at Kentucky. Like another significant streak that snapped earlier this year, as time goes on, I bet we’ll start to forget it even existed.


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16 Comments for Calipari’s perfect one-and-done streak in danger

  1. KYcats11
    5:18 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

    Hamidou is a 1 1/2 and done.

    5:23 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

    I don’t think Diallo should count, cause this is his second year, but Jared Vanderbilt does. Hami was technically a redshirt freshmen. I still hope a team takes a chance on Vanderbilt in the first round. He’s a tall freak athlete with guard skills, that could really thrive in fast paced games. Being able to rebound at such a high level and immediately push the ball up the court is a skill not many of these players in the draft have. Of course he lacks in other areas to improve on. But I could see a team take a chance in the late first round. If he was and had been healthy all year, he’d be a lottery pick.

  3. Dan
    6:12 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

    A more incredible streak is that he has had a player drafted in the top ten every year that he has been here. Which also may come to an end.

  4. Ridge Runner
    6:17 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

    With a streak like that (beyond unbelievable), it was bound to happen.

  5. herm89
    6:20 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

    What about dakari johnson

  6. Parker_UKFanNC
    6:32 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

    I wouldn’t count vando since he played for a couple months. If he had played a full season he would have been a first rounder but because of his injuries he didn’t play as much as he needed to and to not risk further injury he entered the draft. I’m not really sure how to label Hami considering hes already tested the waters for the draft before

  7. TonyMontana
    6:38 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

    We still will have a streak of at least 2 one and done players being drafted in the 1st round every year. That’s extremely impressive.

    Man if a couple of those guys just stuck around another year….. those “what ifs” haunt me.

  8. ukwildcat1991
    6:50 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

    To answer your question, no. No, I don’t care. Hope everything works out for the kids though.

  9. Headhurts
    6:56 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

    We on the outside looking in call it a streak, coach Cal probably calls it one of those things.

  10. kybirdieman
    7:10 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

    Like you said who cares?

  11. Dylan101
    7:29 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

    We still pretending Enes Kanter played at Kentucky?

  12. Cincy Cayt
    9:13 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

    Honestly, we’ve gotten extremely lucky with guys like Orton, Goodwin, and Teague…

  13. Wildcat Sheli
    9:10 am June 6, 2018 Permalink

    Perhaps it could be worded differently: all one-and-done players who played 15 or more games and put their name in the draft for the first time were drafted in the first round.

    With Hami putting his name into two drafts and JV not playing a full season, it’s kind of not fair for them to be considered “one and done.” One is slightly more, the other slightly less.

    Maybe the phrase “true one-and-done” will emerge in light of the variables at play here.

  14. bigblue2284
    1:09 pm June 6, 2018 Permalink

    This is a better measure of the drop off in talent Cal has gotten recently. None of the players this year outside of Knox starts on the 2009-10 team. This years team had less talent I believe than any other team other than 2013 and you could probably argue that.