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John Calipari Indirectly Addressed D.J. Jeffries’ Decommittment

John Calipari didn’t want to talk about recruiting at yesterday’s pre-Bahamas news conference, but Coach Cal could not contain his thoughts just a few days after he received a decommittment for the first time at UK.

On Monday D.J. Jeffries reopened his recruitment.  The following day, the small forward’s father completed interviews with multiple Memphis media outlets.  In one instance he called the Kentucky coaching staff “unprofessional.”  In another, Corey Jeffries complained about the Cats’ absence in his son’s final AAU game.

John Calipari tends to stay away from recruiting players with vocal parents.  More importantly, he only recruits players who want to be at Kentucky.

“We’ve been so fortunate and blessed that families have trusted us with their children, but this isn’t for everybody. This is really hard, and you have to want this as bad as we want you. I am always looking for guys who have always dreamed of playing at Kentucky.”

Calipari also isn’t the type of guy to promise anyone playing time.

“You have to have a great faith in your own ability and confidence that you’re not – like I don’t promise anybody that they’ll start and play. Like, how much you’re going to shoot the ball. I just don’t do it with anybody, which some kids need that and that’s OK. I mean, you just wouldn’t be here. It’s the way we recruit. I’ve recruited the same way everywhere I’ve been. I think it’s been pretty good overall.”

Kentucky will move on without Jeffries.  Coach Cal doesn’t begrudge any player who decides UK isn’t the best place for them.

“I don’t get mad at anybody. You want to go somewhere else? I’m happy for you. Go.”


Article written by Nick Roush

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

9 Comments for John Calipari Indirectly Addressed D.J. Jeffries’ Decommittment

  1. JTHinton
    11:20 am August 2, 2018 Permalink

    He looks so much older! Poor cal…

    • Shagaris Sock Puppet
      1:33 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

      True, but time does not stop as much as we all want it too, we all age! Especially when its been close to a decade since hes been here.

    • chris43
      1:43 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

      He’s aged a bit as we all do but make no mistake Cal is still THE MAN! There’s no coach in any league I’d rather have and yes that includes NBA! GO BIG BLUE!

  2. Ben27
    11:24 am August 2, 2018 Permalink

    It makes you wonder why the Jeffries are so mad, they were the ones that decided to leave! I wonder if they are trying to help Penny Hardaway to recruit at Memphis by cutting Cal and Kentucky down.

    Why all the media hoopla from a man who has been so quite up till now? No real proof of collusion by Hardaway, but is does make you think something is going on behind the scene. Maybe a special prosecutor is in order. Ha Ha

    Like Cal said, “I am happy for you, go”

    4:42 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

    I’m so glad we got that poison extracted BEFORE the 2019 season started. He can go be someone else’s problem now.

  4. Cletis75
    9:57 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

    As in most recruitment disagreements. I don’t think it’s the kid. He was all about UK. I think Memphis pointed out to his Pops that UK was recruiting over him. That’s why he said when he decommitted he said after talking with his family he decided to reopen his recruiting. Make no mistake, this is all dad being mad.

    • Luether
      10:33 pm August 2, 2018 Permalink

      This is all about a Democ Rat doing what Democ Rats do…

    1:48 pm August 3, 2018 Permalink

    Best of luck to the young man and good riddance to his father.

  6. notFromhere
    2:47 pm August 3, 2018 Permalink

    Daddy Jeffries is lucky his son hadn’t committed to UL when pitino was still coach. Rick would have slept with his waitress

    I hope the young man doesn’t suffer because his daddy is pulling strings in the background, cashing in on his son’s skills and hard work.