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See What an In-Home Visit with John Calipari Looks Like in This Immanuel Quickley Documentary

We’ve seen John Calipari in almost every kind of setting.  We’ve seen him in press conferences, ESPN’s All-Access, inside the locker room with KY Wildcats TV, the Calipari Call-In Show and even a 30 for 30.  There’s one place we’ve never seen Calipari perform and it’s the place where he is at his best: on the recruiting trail.

Snapshots are shared of Calipari at AAU events, but cameras never go inside an in-home visit with Calipari.  That changed today in a documentary about Immanuel Quickly’s recruitment titled, “My View From the Top.”

With a quiet Joel Justus beside him, Calipari starts by explaining some of what the family saw in the 30 for 30.  That is followed by a secondary pitch for a “lifetime scholarship.”  If Quickley completes his term, he can leave for the pros and return to Kentucky later to complete his degree.

“Your basketball window is four to five years.  Your academic window is fifty,” Calipari says.

That leads to Calipari’s primary pitch.  At Kentucky, he’s not sending guys to the pros for one contract, it’s to get their second contract, the one that changes families forever.  He stays on message while addressing his detractors, a.k.a. his competition that will spew lies about his program on the recruiting trail.  He puts the detractors in a bodybag.

“If it’s facts, they lose.  If it’s the truth, they lose.  They know what’s happened for our kids with how I coach, and what’s happened for their kids and how they coach.  They can’t beat us.”

Apparently the pitch worked.  On Monday Quickley cut his list to four: Kansas, Maryland, Miami and Kentucky.

A five-star point guard, Quickley is the only point guard to have an offer from Cal in the 2018 class.  He also reportedly has an invitation to try out for the Team USA U19 team Calipari will coach this summer.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

14 Comments for See What an In-Home Visit with John Calipari Looks Like in This Immanuel Quickley Documentary

  1. Blue Jesus
    3:22 pm May 31, 2017 Permalink

    Love the family environment in that home. And Cal plays right into it! Do the other episodes have clips of other coaches in there recruiting?

  2. FreeTibet
    3:29 pm May 31, 2017 Permalink

    Cals in @ the 22:45 mark. The part beforehand is pretty dreadful tbh

  3. runningunnin.454
    5:40 pm May 31, 2017 Permalink

    That’s pretty impressive; but, wouldn’t he worry about giving away his “secrets”?

    • bdmnky81
      8:43 pm May 31, 2017 Permalink

      The best part of Cal is he doesnt need secrets anymore. He has positioned himself, through being at UK as well as the hard work he has done in the past, to just go in and show his cards to any kid he wants. He truely puts it on the kids now. Like he said, when other coachs use facts they lose.

    • FinnaGoHAM
      1:44 pm June 1, 2017 Permalink

      Plus, this was a touch-base visit. Cal had already made his initial in-home with his big recruiting pitch.

  4. a21CATSfan
    8:58 pm May 31, 2017 Permalink

    Secrets? Seems like he’s just being himself like always. Whether a press conference, practice or a game, TV commercial or even a speech at the Hall of Fame; he is the same guy. I believe his biggest strength is also his biggest flaw in most people’s eyes.

  5. a21CATSfan
    9:00 pm May 31, 2017 Permalink

    This kid wears all Adidas gear for a visit with Cal? Is he trolling or just trying to throw everybody off?

  6. Angelo
    12:07 am June 1, 2017 Permalink

    Hire John Clayton. Great writer.

  7. Kevin C
    6:53 am June 1, 2017 Permalink

    I must have missed the part where he offered the kid all that CA$H that Cal/UK haters always talk about…

  8. 4everblue
    7:06 am June 1, 2017 Permalink

    I believe Cal is the most honest coach out there. He always tells it like it is whether it’s a good of bad reflection on him.

  9. Dave from Owsley County
    7:14 am June 1, 2017 Permalink

    O Come! O Come! Immaaaaaaaanuel! And random captive IIIIIsrael

    • catsarerunnin
      7:44 am June 1, 2017 Permalink

      Very good. Now can you sing “After I’m Gone”?….

    • FinnaGoHAM
      1:46 pm June 1, 2017 Permalink

      Are you about to start passing the collection plates?

    • Kevin C
      2:01 pm June 1, 2017 Permalink

      O Come! O Come! Immaaaaaaaanuel, and represent Big Blue Nation well!

      There, fixed it. 😉