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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Cal vs. K By The Numbers

This morning Marquis Bolden will make his college decision between Kentucky and Duke.  Calipari and Coach K have completely separated themselves from any other college coach in terms of recruiting.  But is there a gap between the two of them?  Below are all of the Top 20 Rivals recruits that each coach has brought in since Calipari arrived at UK and how long each player stayed in college plus their NBA Draft spot.

Calipari
(2009) John Wall: 1 year, #1 NBA Draft
(2009) Demarcus Cousins: 1 year, #5 NBA Draft
(2010) Enes Kanter: 1 year (sort of), #3 NBA Draft
(2010) Brandon Knight: 1 year, #8 NBA Draft
(2010) Terrence Jones: 2 years, #18 NBA Draft
(2011) Anthony Davis: 1 year, #1 NBA Draft
(2011) Michael Kidd Gilchrist: 1 year, #2 NBA Draft
(2011) Marquis Tegaue: 1 year, #29 NBA Draft
(2012) Nerlens Noel: 1 year, #6 NBA Draft
(2012) Alex Poythress: 4 years
(2012) Archie Goodwin: 1 year, #29 NBA Draft
(2013) Julius Randle: 1 year, #7 NBA Draft
(2013) Andrew Harrison: 2 years, #44 NBA Draft
(2013) Aaron Harrison: 2 years, Undrafted
(2013) Dakari Johnson: 2 years, #48 NBA Draft
(2013) James Young: 1 year, #17 NBA Draft
(2013) Marcus Lee: 3 years (maybe)
(2014) Karl Towns: 1 year, #1 NBA Draft
(2014) Trey Lyles: 1 year, #12 NBA Draft
(2015) Skal Labiessiere: 1 year
(2015) Jamal Murray: 1 year
(2015 Isaiah Briscoe: 2 years (?)

One and Dones: 15 out of 22
Average NBA Draft Spot: 14th

Coach K
(2009) Ryan Kelly, 4 year, #48 NBA Draft
(2010) Kyrie Irving: 1 year, #1 NBA Draft
(2011) Austin Rivers: 1 year, #10 NBA Draft
(2012) Rasheed Sulaimon: 4 years (transferred)
(2013): Jabari Parker: 1 year, #2 NBA Draft
(2014) Jahlil Okafor: 1 year, #3 NBA Draft
(2014) Tyus Jones: 1 year, #24 NBA Draft
(2014) Justice Winslow: 1 year, #10 NBA Draft
(2015) Brandon Ingram: 1 year
(2015) Derryck Thornton: Transferring
(2015): Chase Jeter: 2 years (and counting)

One and Dones: 7 out of 11
Average NBA Draft Spot: 14th

What do you think?  I think looking at these elite players you see a couple things.  First, Calipari has a lot more experience with this.  And 2nd, the fact that 2 of the 11 Duke guys transferred is an issue.  You could argue Kelly, Sulaimon, Thornton, and Jeter have been busts for Duke.  For Kentucky, probably Poythress and Skal with Briscoe still up in the air.  And considering the amount of guys Calipari has had versus Coach K, that is a huge positive for UK.  Will this affect Bolden’s decision?  No.  But the idea that Calipari and Coach K are 1-1A in recruiting just doesn’t stack up.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

6 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Cal vs. K By The Numbers



  1. KyDoughBoy
    8:25 am May 19, 2016 Permalink

    Not a Duke fan, but not sure how Ryan Kelly is a bust is a little overstatement. At Duke he was hurt 2 our of the 4 years. Coach Cal busts in the NBA you can say: James Young,Harrison Twins, and Dakari. At least be fair when comparing instead of skewing. Going to be a lot of crying today when Bolden chooses Duke and im sure Kentucky fans will talk shti to him on Twitter just like they did Wiggins



    • Mc12
      9:09 am May 19, 2016 Permalink

      You would probably see some fans of either Duke or KY talk a little trash depending on the outcome. You could also see fans pretending to be fans of the other school talking trash just to try to make a school look bad. However, you’ll also see a lot of fans from both wish him well. Then the other 99% of UK fans that don’t use social media won’t say a thing and aren’t really concerned either way.



    • @GoCayts
      10:24 am May 19, 2016 Permalink

      if you’re going to take Kelly off, then you have to take Poythress off if your excuse is going to be injuries … why would you put anybody that just had a rookie year on there? Andrew Harrison and Tyus Jones haven’t even been given a shot yet to call them a bust … did you call Aaron Rodgers a bust while he was backing up Favre?



  2. flattop
    8:48 am May 19, 2016 Permalink

    Since Cal came to Ky: Cal 1 vs. K 2

    End of story.



    • Megan
      11:02 am May 19, 2016 Permalink

      Since arriving at Kentucky, Cal is winning championships at the same rate as K, and he has more of a future. You wish it was the end of the story, but it’s not. Far from it.



  3. CatBlue in LR
    12:11 pm May 19, 2016 Permalink

    You left out Tyler, didn’t you? Oh, I see now — Rivals Top 20. I guess he wasn’t that high.