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John Calipari Hasn’t Lost His “Touch” – But the Recruiting Game Has Changed Around Him


On Tuesday morning the news that no Kentucky fan wanted, but was ultimately inevitable, officially hit. James Wiseman, the No. 1 high school player in the class of 2019, made his college decision and he is headed to Memphis. While we’ll never know anything official, it seems obvious that Kentucky finished in second place.

Again, this news wasn’t shocking. As has been well-documented, Wiseman played for Penny Hardaway in high school and AAU. He decided to stay in Memphis to play high school basketball even after Hardaway left his school, and Wiseman made his announcement on a day where he will play against fellow Memphis commit D.J. Jeffries. There hasn’t been a single piece of evidence to suggest that Wiseman’s choice was going to be anything other than Memphis for months now.

Inevitably though it is disappointing for Kentucky who – after years of basically getting any player they wanted – have once again lost out on a big, high-profile kid. This one especially stings because, as my buddy TJ Walker has written many times, Kentucky turned up the heat on Wiseman in a way they rarely had before. There was literally nothing else they could have feasibly done. And Wiseman still picked Memphis.

The question now for Kentucky is of course “Why does this keep happening to us? And how do we stop it?” Unfortunately, there really is no easy answer to that question.

Now before we get too far down this rabbit-hole I do think it’s important to mention a couple things.

One, had Memphis not hired Penny Hardaway, Wiseman would be a Kentucky Wildcat right now. I think that’s worth re-visiting here. It’s not like John Calipari and his staff got out-worked by Coach K, Sean Miller or Chris Mack. They were thiiiiiiiiis close to running away with a commitment from the No. 1 recruit in high school basketball. There was only one person and one school that could sway Wiseman from coming to Kentucky, and it just so happened that the one guy (Penny Hardaway) was hired at the exact wrong time by that one school (although the timing made perfect sense on Memphis’ end). Had Memphis been dominating on the court under Tubby Smith last season or had Penny Hardaway not had the No. 1 recruit in the country on his high school team within the city limits, Kentucky would have locked in the No. 1 recruit in the country on Tuesday morning. And none of this would even be a conversation.

I’d also add that even though this is a frustrating day for Kentucky fans, it’s easy to forget that the Wildcats have had their fair share of wins on the recruiting trail of late. I know it doesn’t feel like that at this particular moment, but they have. E.J. Montgomery just chose Kentucky over Duke (and basically everyone) six months ago. Same with Kevin Knox in May 2017. Ashton Hagans, who was regarded as the No. 1 point guard in the class of 2019 re-opened his recruitment and seemingly never really considered anyone other than Kentucky (that includes Memphis by the way, who contacted Hagans shortly after he decommitted from Georgia). Reid Travis could have played anywhere in the country after he withdrew from the NBA Draft. He chose Kentucky.

So, forgive me for throwing out a little perspective here. But at the end of the day, I also understand the frustration from Kentucky fans who have watched one too many kids that UK really wanted pick different schools. The list is becoming increasingly longer, as you can add Wiseman in with names like Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett, Marvin Bagley, Bol Bol, you name it. Again, Wiseman is a bit different because of the fact that Memphis hired his high school coach. But it doesn’t make today any easier.

Here is the problem though when evaluating both the Wiseman situation and the other recruiting misses by Kentucky in recent years: I am not positive there is a solution. The recruiting game has changed over the last several years, with more schools willing to recruit one-and-done kids. And as the pool of schools willing to go after the truly 10-15 elite players a year has expanded, the opportunity to sign them as decreased for everyone. And right now it’s hurting Kentucky the most.

Think about it.

When John Calipari got to Kentucky in 2010, he really was the only guy selling the one-year path to the pros, the promise that if you came to Kentucky for one year, he and his staff would do everything they could to get you to the next level as fast as possible. In the subsequent years other schools like Duke, Kansas, UCLA and Arizona began dabbling on the one-and-done market, mixing the occasional star freshman (Andrew Wiggins, Stanley Johnson etc.) with three and four-year players. Even when Duke jumped two feet in a few years ago and started almost exclusively recruiting one-and-done guys, there were still more than enough guys to go around and Kentucky got more than its fair share. De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Jamal Murray, Kevin Knox all come to mind in that category.

But now, fast-forward just a few years and everyone is recruiting one-and-done kids. Understand, Kentucky doesn’t just have to beat out Duke and occasionally Arizona or Kansas for the best kids. But other schools too, places that never would have considered recruiting these kids just a few years ago.

Again, think about it.

Villanova would have never dared recruit a can’t miss, one-and-done guy just two or three years ago – this year they got Bryan Antoine. Florida signed his high school teammate Scottie Lewis. Last year Vanderbilt got Darius Garland North Carolina got Nassir Little. This year, the Tar Heels are the leaders for Cole Anthony… and there’s buzz that Notre Dame – NOTRE DAME!!!! – might be gaining ground in Anthony’s recruitment. If Notre Dame is getting into the one-and-done game you know things have gotten crazy.

Want me to keep going? Too bad, I’m going to anyway.

LSU has two potential one-and-dones on their roster this year. Michigan State might be the favorite for Vernon Carey after getting Jaren Jackson last year. Oregon has Bol Bol and Louis King. Indiana has Romeo Langford. Memphis now has James Wiseman.

Point being, just two or three years ago Kentucky was only competing with Duke for the best players, and maybe occasionally Arizona and Kansas. Now they’re recruiting against literally just about everyone.

Which again makes me wonder one simple thing: Has John Calipari “lost” his recruiting touch? I don’t believe so. What I do believe is that the one advantage that he once had no longer exists. And it isn’t just Kentucky either. Remember, Duke was thought to be a lock for Bryan Antoine and he chose Villanova. Another kid named Josiah James was assumed to be a heavy Duke lean. He picked Tennessee instead.

This isn’t about Calipari losing his touch. It’s about the world changing around him.

And that’s kind of also the problem here: There is no easy answer to solve the problem.

I’ve heard some say to change up the coaching staff, but again, no coach bats 1000 in recruiting. Again, Duke lost Bryan Antoine to Villanova. Kansas wanted Romeo Langford and he ended up at Indiana. Hell, Penny Hardaway wanted Ashton Hagans… and he chose Kentucky. It happens to everyone. Sometimes you can do everything right, impress mom and dad, give the perfect pitch… but a kid just chooses somewhere else.

Another solution I’ve heard some suggest is to go harder after transfers. I don’t necessarily disagree, and was just recently talking to a coach who told me he loves recruiting transfers. The recruitment is easier (no “middle man” or “handlers” just the kid, mom and dad) and because if a kid sits out a year it gives him time to develop in a system. The flip side is, how many truly impactful guys are there on the transfer market? If a guy is good enough, in most cases he’ll just go pro rather than sitting out a year. Even if they do elect to transfer, how many make an instant impact wherever they go? As good as Malik Newman was for Kansas a year ago – he went undrafted. Reid Travis might go undrafted this year. And those are probably the two best transfers of the last four or five years.

My only other thought – not that John Calipari wants or needs my advice – is that, if it were me, I would cast a slightly large net in recruiting. Specifically, I’d emphasize guys that really, really want to play at Kentucky even if they aren’t elite.

For example, I was perplexed last year when the staff never seriously went hard after Simi Shittu, who seemingly wanted to be recruited harder by Kentucky. Shittu is currently averaging 15 points and 10 boards a game at Vanderbilt. I’m still not totally sure why Kentucky never got serious on Aiden Igiehon, who is another player that made it obvious that he wanted to be recruited by Kentucky. He is a legit Top 30 or so recruit and a player who I believe will one day be in the NBA, yet the Wildcats never seriously went after him either.

Super random, but let me give you some further context to back this up: I remember Jay Wright once discussing Mikal Bridges, who arrived at Villanova as a 175 lb. freshman, redshirted and became a lottery pick last year after four seasons in the program. Wright once said that he didn’t initially believe that Bridges would contribute at Villanova, but he was sold because Villanova is where Bridges really wanted to go. His quote (and I’m loosely paraphrasing because I spent a half hour looking for the right quote and couldn’t find it) was something to the effect of “I’m not sure I totally believed in him when we were recruiting him. But it’s a lot easier to take a chance on a kid when you know that this is the only place he wants to be.” it feels like Calipari could have taken that approach on Igiehon, but instead he’ll be at Louisville instead.

Anyway, I’m getting long-winded here, and again, it’s not like this is the beginning of the end or anything for Kentucky in recruiting. They will almost certainly finish in the Top 2 when recruiting is all said and done, and ultimately something weird will happen and a good player will land on their doorstep. Maybe a coach will be fired and a kid become available. Maybe someone reclassifies like Ashton Hagans did last year (and ironically, like a kid named Anthony Edwards did on Tuesday). Maybe a better-than-expected transfer becomes available.

The one thing that seems certain: The days of simply mopping up on the recruiting trail and getting the four or five best players might be over.

And there’s no one to blame. The game has simply changed in recruiting.

Article written by Aaron Torres

Aaron Torres is covering football and basketball for KSR this season after four years at Fox Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Aaron_Torres, Facebook or e-mail at [email protected] He is also the author of the only book written on the Calipari era, “One and Fun: A Behind the Scenes Look at John Calipari and the 2010 Kentucky Wildcats.”

75 Comments for John Calipari Hasn’t Lost His “Touch” – But the Recruiting Game Has Changed Around Him

  1. Kat4Life
    7:08 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

    Wiseman needs to stick the horn of that absurd creature where the sun never shines……any player who consider’s himself a unicorn is probably not Kentucky material anyway. The national press is having a field day making it “another loss for Calipari and Kentucky”…..

    • bigbluebanana
      7:30 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

      In fairness to the KID you just told off, national media labeled him that. And guess what, he is good. He didn’t choose us, big deal. Maybe Memphis will do well and so will he. Why anyone wishes ill will on a kid for playing somewhere else, much less his hometown school, is beyond me.

    • BigolBlue
      9:18 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

      Banana has to be an old preacher

    • bigbluebanana
      8:51 am November 21, 2018 Permalink

      No, I’m your age you stagnant pile of cabbage. I have absolutely owned you in every argument and your only comeback ever is to try (poorly) to call me some witty name. The reason I (and so many others) are tired of your verbal diarrhea is because you have no facts or valid points to back your (undoubtedly) fat butt up. I’ve been a diehard fan since I was a little boy and Sutton hurt us. I was a diehard in college through the Gillespie experiment. I’m a diehard fan now that Cal has us more relevant than we have ever been in the modern era. So, keep talking, and I’ll keep destroying you in front of people. You’re making yourself out to look like a total ignoramus. I’ll be happy rooting for my boys in blue, you in the meantime are still going to be a childish, angry little man screaming at his mom because you’re having leftovers tonight (to be fair, I bet lots of guys are mad at your mom for her leftovers). Even other trolls don’t come to your aid on here because you’re so pathetic. Now is the time in my responses to you where I remind you that you still haven’t responded to any of my posts blowing up your arguments with facts about how no other UK coach since you have been alive has won more titles than Cal. But I bet you’ll keep complaining about how he has only won one won’t you? You know why? Because you’re a troll, an imbecile, and an angry little man. Go Big Blue!

    • No, banana sounds like a good guy very much unlike your BigolBlue a$$. I’m guessing you spend a lot of time trimming your line beard and asking your Mom what time dinner is.

    • ClutchCargo
      11:50 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

      BigolTurd/Slater, go troll somewhere else.

    • syrin23
      12:38 am November 21, 2018 Permalink

      Here’s the thing with this class. These guys aren’t going to power house schools. They will have one great player surrounded by average talent. Our team will still be superior. If they all went to a Duke, Kansas, UNC, I’d be concerned, but these teams will not be title contenders. We’ve seen this time and time again. You need several players. Trey Young, Ayton, Ben Simmons, etc. Will likely be a bubble team then jump to the NBA. The more the high end talent is diluted among non-contenders, the better for UK.

    • 4everUKblue
      7:13 am November 21, 2018 Permalink

      Bigolbluedumbass has to be an uneducated complete idiot!

  2. Han
    7:12 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

    The problem with pointing out how the recruiting game has changed and that Cal can’t just get the top 4 or 5 guys is that Duke got the top 3 guys this past year, and they whipped our team with Montgomery and Hagans and Travis. And the consolation, we were told, for missing out on those guys at Duke was that we were the clear leaders for Wiseman.

    • BigBlueWheels
      8:18 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

      This. ??

    • Irish son
      8:40 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

      Cal can’t get the best players anymore because WWW doesn’t help him anymore

    • syrin23
      12:43 am November 21, 2018 Permalink

      Duke is paying for recruits. No doubt about it, and the NCAA won’t have the balls to fine their golden child.

    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      6:12 am November 21, 2018 Permalink

      It was the first game of the season! It was depressing for sure but in no way is it a barometer for how much better Duke is than UK. They aren’t. Teams will figure Zion out. He will get in foul trouble and their team isn’t that deep.

    • 4everUKblue
      7:14 am November 21, 2018 Permalink

      dUKe squeaked by Auburn last night and yes they are paying players, something we will not do.

  3. michaelb
    7:15 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

    Some people just prefer to stay home , it’s no big deal. Jeez I’m tired of the sky Is falling stuff. Hey we might have a challenging season … big deal. Just chill and quit worrying about stuff we can’t control. Just be a supportive fan base and enjoy what we do accomplish . We don’t need to be a vindictive lash out group . If the time seems tough just pull together and guarantee we’ll make it through !

  4. sundanze77
    7:18 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

    I am tickled that we didn’t get Wiseman. Carey is much better! So was Oscar who signed with WVA. The one really should have looked at harder was Bassey!

    • davis2319
      8:24 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

      We aren’t getting Carey either lol. Doesn’t even look like we crack his top 3

    • BigolBlue
      9:18 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

      yeah no doubt. Just get your hopes up again. Going to Duke

    • 4everUKblue
      7:16 am November 21, 2018 Permalink

      Bigolbluedumbass you could do us all a favor if you went to dUKe too!

    • bigbluebanana
      8:54 am November 21, 2018 Permalink

      As if on any planet that cuck could get into duke! You’re giving him too much credit. He couldn’t get into an apprenticeship for stocking vending machines.

  5. nicky
    7:19 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

    Well some might finally get what they’ve been clamoring for…2-4 year players

    • big cat
      7:24 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

      What is wrong with 2-4 year players…like Darius Miller…oh and the likes of Josh Allen albeit football….but most are okay with actually developing players.

    • syrin23
      12:38 am November 21, 2018 Permalink

      That’s what Villanova did.

    • Wade
      8:36 am November 21, 2018 Permalink

      They can be starters or bench players but I want a few juniors and seniors!i like getting some of the best each yr and some specialists that provide a need plus a ky kid each yr or other!We can have 13 on scholarship!We play 8 still plenty of room for guys. and who knows 1 might emerge as a treat that can handle his business and dare I say develop.

  6. Shively1978
    7:37 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

    Nothing really. What do the last several national champions have in common. Experienced guards for one thing. I still don’t think as good as Duke is they will win a title. It hasn’t been done with a heavy freshman team. 2012 without Darrius Miller and Terrance Jones and the experience that that team they don’t win a title. Davis was great but he didn’t do it on his own. What we need is decent shooters who can play lock down D. That 2012 team played great D. Even though he was a freshman I think Marcus Teauge was a very underrated college point guard. I know he was a 5 star recruit but when people talk about that team you don’t really hear much about him. He was a really good defender.

  7. Shively1978
    7:46 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

    Not to mention and I know some people didn’t like the way they played but the twins where experienced guards and a big part of the reason the 2015 team won 38 games. A lot of people blame them for the Wisconsin game but without them we prolly wouldn’t have been 38-0 either.

  8. lexslamman
    8:14 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

    Calipari’s forte was always outrecruiting the competition. If he can’t do that anymore, I don’t see how he keeps UK an elite program.

    • syrin23
      12:39 am November 21, 2018 Permalink

      Bring back Tubby? Are you forgetting we would celebrate a four star recruit under Tubby?

    • Luether
      5:42 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

      He won’t…

  9. davis2319
    8:23 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

    I’m happy for the kid. He gets to play with a coach he has played for previously and has a great relationship with, he gets to play at home, and he has the opportunity to make his community proud of him. Not many athletes have a chance to do that. Calipari has been too nonchalant with his recruiting and it’s showing. He waits until everyone else in the country shows interest until he decides to pursue a player. Yes he has been recruiting Wiseman for 2 years but his is a special case. Calipari rarely does that. Nick Saban can do it in football because he is Nick Saban, he has built Alabama into something we haven’t witnessed in sports before, and he has how many ever titles he has I lose count. Calipari has 1 national championship, and as a school we have 1 national championship in the last 20 years (I’m not counting 98 because in 2019 it will be 20 years). Hate to break it to everyone, we are not the Alabama football of college basketball, and John Calipari sure as hell isn’t Nick Saban and yes whatever recruiting mojo he had has disappeared.

    • big cat
      8:29 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

      Agreed. Your comment is well stated. Seems to be growing sentiment…especially now so early in the season.

    • BigolBlue
      9:21 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

      It is depressing. Some fans think we are this dominant force, but have 1 title even in recency. Im tired of the “everythings random in tourney” that dumb Jones has all you beleiving like your his cult members. Look at the champs. Its usually the best or maybe top 3 team that win.

    • bigbluebanana
      8:56 am November 21, 2018 Permalink

      Some fans just love their team no matter what. Every coach UK has had since 1958 has only won one title. Were they all failures too? Sounds to me like you’re just a sad little troll.

    • davis2319
      10:44 am November 21, 2018 Permalink

      Bigbluedumbass I’m not a sad little troll. I’m just not a blind follower like you are. Was Eddie Sutton a success? Was Billy Gillespie a success? I thought combatmedic was an idiot, but you take the cake and the award for biggest dumbass on this app! Congrats!

    • syrin23
      12:42 am November 21, 2018 Permalink

      Not only that, when the dust is settled, and people look back at all the talent that came through the program, they will conclude we massively under achieved. Not only do we put people in the NBA every year, we put multiple people including lottery picks and three over all number one picks. How many titles would Brad Stevens have had with the level of talent?

  10. Bobbum Man
    8:23 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

    We do it to other coaches all the time, how many times have we stopped in and taken a recruit a school had been after for a long time? Herro, Terrence Jones, kanter I’m sure there’s lots more, occasionally it happens the other way around. I still think we’re fine and wouldn’t want anyone but cal

  11. big cat
    8:34 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

    IMHO, Cal is no longer hungry….seems like complacency settled in…he has made more money than he or his family can spend…they call it self actualization.

    • GGHB11
      9:05 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

      Cal isn’t hungry??? You may have been able make a case for 2-3 years before this season. And you may have been able to make a case for certain players. BUT this statement is just flat out INCORRECT! Cal went after Wiseman with EVERYTHING he had! The whole staff did. So actually, you may be right, Cal isn’t hungry… In the case for Wiseman, Cal was freaking STARVING!!!

    • big cat
      9:22 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

      Let me clarify….I do not see him as a hungry coach yet he is/was hungry for Wiseman. That makes sense…as always…he needs great players to make his coaching seem legit.

    • BigolBlue
      9:22 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

      Oh hes hungry.. Maybe not with bball

    • bigbluebanana
      8:58 am November 21, 2018 Permalink

      Omg, you’re so witty! I bet your mom thinks you’re a catch!

  12. VirginiaCat
    8:57 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

    Mr. Torres makes many good points, but there is one more point to be made. Yes, Cal is facing much greater competition for top recruits, which heretofore was his ace in the whole. The problem is that Cal’s prior success relied heavily on getting the best of the best. Now that he is getting good but not elite talent, his liabilities as a coach are being exposed. He simply does not have the coaching acumen to win with less than stellar talent. That has been manifest in recent years and suggests that Cal’s run at Kentucky is at an end. We will have to suffer through a few more mediocre seasons until that is recognized and changes are made.

  13. StuckinLville
    9:05 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

    Same can be said for Louie King. He wanted to be a Cat. I remember Kobi Simmons as well.

  14. runtsfan
    9:06 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

    Cal is still interested but his primary interest remains in helping players get to the nba, not winning titles. He can help the best players get drafted higher but as long as he helps them I think he is fine. We have to accept that his goals will never be the same as ours.

  15. GGHB11
    9:12 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

    So what about the years that they weren’t that talented? Knights year they went to the Final 4. Was that bad coaching or did he just get lucky? That team lost 10 games that year and was the 4 seed in the toughest region. Including #1 overall seed Ohio State. Then beat North Carolina who pounded us earlier that year. Or what about the year of the twins freshman year. That team lost 12 games that year and was the 8 seed in the toughest region. Was that good coaching or did he just get lucky all the way to the championship game? You can rip on Cals coaching all you want but at the end of the day, his record in the NCAA tournament speaks for itself. Show me another coach to EVER coach basketball that has done what Cal has done in his first 9 years at a new school. Show me! Look it up and show me! I’ll save you some time – you can’t find another coach that matches his record because he doesnt exist! Rips on Cals coaching all you want, his record in March speaks for itself. Good night.

    • Well said! Most people on here don’t want to look at those facts and give Cal credit. Doesn’t make their point.

    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      6:53 am November 21, 2018 Permalink

      Most of these negative idiots are slaves to the moment. They can’t look ahead or behind with any real perspective. We lost to Duke (not that surprising), we lost by a ton(very surprising), we lost Wiseman to Memphis (expected more and more since they hired Penny).

  16. BigolBlue
    9:17 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

    Yes he has lost his touch.

  17. Catlogic15
    9:23 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

    Well thought-out and logical post Aaron.

  18. shelby
    9:32 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

    Memphis hired a high school coach just to get one player ????????. And the player was dumb enough to fall for it ????

  19. N-UR-i
    10:13 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

    The only thing that will make me feel better is if we fire Eddie Gran

  20. Wiley Chopper
    11:31 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

    If anything basketball and football recruits see the ridiculous expectations and negativity by the small toxic portion of #BBN. It’s not Coach Cal or Eddie Gran. You negative Nancy’s are destroying the UK brand #BBN doesnt want you. I trust Coach Cal and Coach Stoops. I am so thankful Eddie Gran is our coordinator and that you KSR commenters have no impact on the decision making of our Coach’s. Most of you are so full of yourselves. Why don’t you all have a head coaching position or offensive coordinator position in the SEC? Because you don’t know $hit from Apple butter about the nuances of schemes, how to lead young men, or how to design and diagram plays.

    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      6:15 am November 21, 2018 Permalink

      Totally agree! A SMALL portion of idiots give us all a bad name because they think they know how to coach and they can’t even run their own lives successfully.

    • bigbluebanana
      8:59 am November 21, 2018 Permalink


    • GeorgiaBlue
      1:02 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

      You make a great point. A certain portion of the fan base is much more toxic than any coach could be, even Billy. In regards to your last point, after spending a week amongst the North Georgia apple orchards. I think mine actually is apple butter.

  21. kjd
    6:16 am November 21, 2018 Permalink

    Calipari is not the recruiter he once was because he lost his one advantage. So with a level playing field, Calipari isn’t an elite recruiter.

    • catsarerunnin
      6:48 am November 21, 2018 Permalink

      Yeah we will never win a title with the 2 and 3 star players he recruits…

  22. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    6:48 am November 21, 2018 Permalink

    I may be wrong but some players that want to come to UK may have some compliance issues that Cal just doesn’t want to deal with. However, I do agree that sometimes we put all our eggs in one basket. I also think our assistant coaches aren’t as good at building relationships as past ones. With the exception of KP.

  23. cathatter
    7:21 am November 21, 2018 Permalink

    thought losing touch was exactly not keeping up with change!?!

  24. Suffering Fools
    7:57 am November 21, 2018 Permalink

    Wonder how long it will take before the bloom is off the Anfernee rose. It’s still unclear that he’ll prove to be a great college coach.

  25. bluecat15
    8:21 am November 21, 2018 Permalink

    We need Dogs not unicorns

  26. bluecat15
    8:43 am November 21, 2018 Permalink

    The kids mom didn’t want her baby to leave, that is understandable. Can Penny coach and develop talent? We will see. Predict kid will enter draft underdeveloped. Will play against inferior talent daily. Just because you could play doesn’t mean you can coach. How many past NBA players are now successful coaching college????

  27. ballplayerstu
    9:02 am November 21, 2018 Permalink

    The recruiting has changed & all UK needs is that one Superstar to get us back to being the cool school…. These kids talk in the circuit and what we may think is cool or whatever they think differently. Right now Duke is the cool school like we were years ago. Memphis may become the new cool school now, who knows but it will only take one Superstar to shine UK in the spot light of the cool school again…

  28. BPatte
    9:55 am November 21, 2018 Permalink

    Coach has lost his touch! Even he admits it!! He’s 10 years older now, doesn’t have the same swagger he had 7-8 years ago. Kids can see this. We should have won 3 National Championships instead of 1. Kids see how fickle the BBN is and don’t want to subject themselves to that much scrutiny or scorn when they’re not perfect! The way Duke beat us tells the story, we’re no longer the pinnacle of college basketball, we’re just another school begging for players. It’s time for major changes or we can expect to be 2nd, 3rd or worse in the recruiting of the top players. Memphis sucks and the #1 player goes there! Penny hasn’t even coached a college game yet and he gets Wiseman!!! Anybody else smell something rotten?

  29. Jiminy Crickets
    1:06 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

    The elephant in the room that no one wants to admit is other coaches want OADs to compete for NCs, Calipari NEEDS OADs to compete. UK fans would be excited to have #2 class if we thought for 2 seconds they would develop and be really good. But we’ve seen this… they will struggle all year, not just against Duke but Southern Illinois and VMI, they will lose 7-8 games and hope they peak in March, they’ll win SECT, then Calipari will run into a coach in the tournament that out coaches him. Then all our kids will leave, either by draft, or transfer. Then we reload with HS (some juniors that reclassify) and the KSR hype machine starts all over again. UK fans have known for 10 years Calipari is not a great coach, but got the talent to hide it. We know if he’s not getting top talent there’s no chance.

  30. Shively1978
    4:16 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

    I know it didn’t help but I wander if not playing in the Nike tournament last year Hurt us more than it seemed like it would. When your competitive you want to compete in events like that maybe it just gave recruits a bad view of UK. Maybe not but just a thought.