No college basketball coach has won as many games in a single season as John Calipari. He’s got three 38-win seasons to his name, and given his prowess at recruiting, that number looks to grow as he racks up wins and NBA draft picks, in that order. It’s a credit to his ability to coach and his ability to find talent and work it to fit his system. Kentucky was already a top tier talent, but Calipari has pushed my beloved Kentucky Wildcats to new heights. The team has already broken records by putting six players into the NBA in a single season, and how they may top that. Seven Kentucky Wildcats declared for the NBA draft, including multiple projected first-round picks.
The players who announced they are leaving are possible top draft pick Karl-Anthony Towns, top ten pick Willie Cauley-Stein, first rounders Devin Booker and Trey Lyles, and possible second-round draft picks Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, and surprise Dakari Johnson. If Alex Poythress hadn’t hurt himself, that would be eight in a single class–and if Kentucky had Poythress, Calipari would be hanging up his second NCAA Championship banner and the first undefeated season since 1976.
Seven players gone, but don’t worry about the Cats: they already have one of the nation’s top recruiting classes coming in, and with this many roster spots open, look for Calipari’s NBA factory to keep churning out top stars.
Tags: basketball, kentucky, college basketball, ncaa basketball, nba draft, seven kentucky players declare for the nba draft, kentucky wildcats, john calipari, aaron harrison, andrew harrison, Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein, Devin Booker, Dakari Johnson, Trey Lyles, sports, national basketball association