Tonight, John Calipari will fly from Colorado Springs to New York to watch his players get drafted, but if you ask Roy Williams, that’s not really a coach’s place. Ole Roy was on The David Glenn Show in North Carolina this morning, and when asked, said he wasn’t able to attend tonight’s draft to support Justin Jackson because of a family obligation. Fair enough, but Roy went one step further, taking a shot at “Big John” Calipari by saying he doesn’t like to attend the draft because it’s supposed to be a special moment between the players and their families, not the players and their former coaches.
“When I was at Kansas, I never went to the draft because I always felt like it was a special time for the families. It was not anything — you know, I kid John Calipari because he’s always jumping up there and I said, I don’t want to be jumping up and have a kid grab me or anything like that. John’s so good about it. He says, no, I want them to grab their mom first and then grab me so they see me on TV with them. I said, I’m not doing that, Big John.”
That sure didn’t stop Roy back in 2012:
Roy can wax poetic about letting a family have their moment or whatever, but that picture proves that even he can’t deny the impact attending the draft can have on recruiting.
But enjoy the draft from the sofa with your Co’Colar, Roy. I’m sure you’ll just chuckle away when “Big John” is on the ESPN set with millions of young basketball players hanging on his every word.
To hear the segment for yourself, tune in below around the 26:57 mark.