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Who is Calipari’s Biggest Draft Day Win?


Over at 247Sports, Chris Fisher took a look at his 10 biggest draft day wins for John Calipari. Fisher categorizes the draft day wins as guys who flew under the radar to have success on the last Thursday in June, so that ruled out immediately John Wall and Anthony Davis who were sure-fire No. 1 overall picks. It’s hard to argue with the top of his list with Willie Cauley-Stein and Devin Booker coming in as the two biggest draft day wins.

For me though the third biggest win should have been DeAndre Liggins, who was considered nothing but a guy who didn’t listen to his coaches, couldn’t stay out of the doghouse and almost a waste of talent before his junior year when he earned Cal’s trust. The run to the Final Four with Liggins as the defensive stopper and a decent enough shooter made him the No. 53 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

The improvement of Liggins allows Calipari to talk to those guys who might have some baggage or trouble in their past and say ‘look what I did for DeAndre.’

The rest of Fisher’s list was – in order – Eric Bledsoe, Karl-Anthony Towns, Josh Harrellson, Patrick Patterson, Darius Miller, Trey Lyles, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Daniel Orton.

Who do you think was the biggest draft day win?

Article written by Bobby Reagan

One time representative of UK at SEC 3v3 basketball championships. Northern Yankee living the Kentucky dream. Follow me @uklefty22

4 Comments for Who is Calipari’s Biggest Draft Day Win?

  1. Jate
    5:46 pm July 6, 2015 Permalink

    Gotta go with josh harrelson. Never in a million years thought that he would get drafted while Gillespie was here. Complete turnaround under Cal.

  2. James
    5:51 pm July 6, 2015 Permalink

    definitely booker, without a doubt. dude was expected to be a multiple year player and turned into a lottery pick.

  3. Kytenorman
    5:53 pm July 6, 2015 Permalink

    I would like to challenge KY Joe to a singer leaves KSR challenge. We could do a Karoake SIng Off. Loser leaves KSR, no calls, no showing up at KSR Events, etc. I am a huge KY Fan and I have been for over 50 years. I recently transferred to Tulsa Oklahoma, KSR Podcast is now all I have to keep with BBN.

    Joe needs to go!

  4. lonnieb
    1:59 am July 7, 2015 Permalink

    Teague, harrellson, and Orton for me. None had any business getting drafted. AT ALL. Talk about the ky effect