John Calipari recently said his 2016 recruiting class at Kentucky could potentially be his best to date. It’s a bold statement from a guy who isn’t projected to land any of the top five prospects, but that’s what makes Calipari brilliant. The brief, offhand remark on an ESPN podcast was the “Call of Coach Cal,” writes Danny Chau of Grantland.com:
“He knows we’re listening, and, more importantly, he knows his targets are listening. It doesn’t take a true detective to discover that, with Coach Cal, everything is recruiting. And he has his reasons for campaigning early.”
Chau believes it was a calculated move to draw the attention of the top recruits. Duke is taking over UK’s recruiting throne, so Cal got back in the headlines, as only he can do.
As it stands, Calipari is facing an uphill battle, and maybe he knows it. Maybe the quick podcast shout-out was a subliminal siren song, a passive-aggressive “SCOREBOARD” shout.
Read it all here on Grantland.com.