John Calipari isn’t allowed to mention the one remaining target in the 2016 class by name, of course, but if you read between the lines, he had plenty to say to Marques Bolden in today’s press conference. When asked, Calipari denied saying he wanted to add one big man to his recruiting class, telling reporters that he’s not going to pressure a player into coming here, because to succeed at Kentucky, you have to really, really want to play at Kentucky.
“No, I didn’t say that. Here’s what I would say. We don’t try to bully, we don’t try to intimidate, we’re not trying to overwhelm people with calls. We’re not trying to bring all our recruits together in a conference text to try to tell the kid — we don’t tell our kids. We don’t do that.”
“If a kid wants to come and walk on our campus in September, I’m alright with that. I don’t really care. The reason is to come here, you have to be sure this is what you want or you should not come here. This thing is on. This is not for funsies here. My thing is whatever happens, happens. However this stuff plays out for anybody, obviously, that’s the extent of what I can say.”
Not to parse Cal’s every word, but that doesn’t sound very confident to me. But, what happens happens, right?