John Calipari’s NBA players are the best. We know this. Sometimes it takes a little more persuasion to convince outsiders, but numbers do not lie.
In the heart of tobacco road, the Greensboro News & Record took a closer look at one-and-done players from North Carolina, Duke and Kentucky since the collective bargaining agreement in 2008 prohibited high schoolers from jumping straight to the NBA. We all know nobody can compete with Kentucky, but the numbers are even more shocking than you’d think.
North Carolina has sent two players to the NBA after one year, Brandan Wright and as of today, Tony Bradley. Duke has sent seven one-and-done players to the NBA Draft. Kentucky has 18.
If you want to throw a monetary figure in a Dukie’s face, Duke players have earned $114,660,073. That’s impressive, but it’s almost four times less than the $410,565,491 Kentucky’s departing freshmen have earned in the NBA. That’s not counting players like Patrick Patterson, Tyler Ulis, Terrence Jones and Willie Cauley-Stein who played more than one year under Calipari.
To see a breakdown of all 18 UK freshmen to leave for the draft after one year, click here.