Chad Ford was on the Grantland Sports Podcast with Ryen Russillo when he said what everyone in the country has been thinking the last seven years. If he had a son he would send him to Kentucky to play for Coach Cal.
Here’s the exact quote from Ford:
“If I had a kid, who was a good basketball player, who could make his team, I’d send him to John Calipari because he prepares these kids for the pros. He did Karl-Anthony Towns a huge favor by telling him, ‘don’t play on the perimeter, I’m going to teach you how to play in the post. I’m going to live through it.’ He did a great thing with Willie Cauley-Stein. I think he did great stuff with Devin Booker. He helps these kids get drafted and I’m a Calipari fan for that reason. From a draft perspective, I love him.”
Just further proof that it’s mind boggling when these top recruits pick a school like, I don’t know, UNLV over Kentucky. Calipari is the best at getting these guys ready for the NBA, which is the end goal for those top guys each year.
Russillo had kind words to say about the program as well, saying:
“These Kentucky guys, it was no joke. None of it was fake. They all talked about each other. They were all invested in each other. The minutes thing, which I would think as young kids would have driven a lot of people crazy. They genuinely seem to really like each other.”
Hearing that about the guys, which we saw all last year reminded me how much I miss them already. It’s a great podcast and you can catch it over at Grantland.com