Every time John Calipari’s team is near a Final Four, the “one-and-done” conversation gets brought up. Naturally, it was a topic yet again today.
Playing with a roster full of seniors, Roy Williams was asked if there’s a difference in the way he recruits that gives him team filled with veterans.
“Yeah, there’s a difference, he got them and I didn’t. I recruit the same guys,” Williams said he recruited all three of UK’s freshmen. “That’s the only difference is they got them and we didn’t. We’ve got to try to figure out a way to compete with them and go from there.”
Apparently the national media believes not having one-and-done players is a choice. It is a choice, for the player. They have to decide to go to your school. To be fair, Williams has landed his fair share of McDonald’s All-Americans — there are six on this year’s team — but his guys usually aren’t good enough to leave after their first year. Brandan Wright was the last Tar Heel freshman to declare for the draft, back in 2007. Williams doesn’t know how Calipari does it every year.
“What John does is just phenomenal to me,” Williams said. “To have to change four, five, six, seven guys every year is just phenomenal. What he does is really special there, and I’m not trying to suck up or anything, I really believe that.”