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Calipari: 3 NBA players to take classes at UK

Posted on: July 28, 2011 9:08 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2011 9:21 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliverjohn-calipari

The University of Kentucky's basketball program is practically a professional program already, spitting out lottery picks in large quantities year after year.

But some of those lottery picks are coming back home and their presence could take the school's basketball program up another notch.

Kentucky coach John Calipari tweeted on Thursday night that three NBA point guards who played for Kentucky will head back to Lexington if the lockout continues. "John Wall, Rajon Rondo & Eric Bledsoe all plan to enroll in the fall if the lockout continues," Calipari tweeted. "Kaboom!"

Kaboom, indeed.

KentuckySportsRadio.com reported that the move could allow the trio -- point guards for the Washington Wizards, Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers, respectively -- to get some court time in with the current Wildcats. "Calipari announces that John Wall, Eric Bledsoe and Rajon Rondo will all enroll at UK in the fall if lockout proceeds," the site reported. "What does that mean? Well, Wall, Bledsoe and Rondo are all eligible to be "Student Assistant coaches", which means practice with the team... Wall, Rondo and Bledsoe would have to be full-time students to be Student Assistants, but rumor is that is the plan."

A Lex18.com report quotes free agent forward Tayshaun Prince saying other NBA players could be following suit.
"Whether it's mid to late August or early September, I think some guys will start to roll in," he said.

Prince said he plans to spend more time in Lexington later in the summer and in to the fall and winter, if the NBA remains locked out. Brandon Knight - Prince's teammate in Detroit who was at the camp Thursday - said he plans to return to Lexington in late August or September. The two don't figure to be the only pros around campus.

"I think you're going to see over the next few months here that guys are going to start rolling in, doing workouts and things like that just because the relationship [Calipari's] putting out there with guys that he didn't coach but at the same time is building relationships," Prince said.
There are a lot of winners in this unique situation.

First, any NBA player who goes back to complete work on his degree is automatically a winner. Kudos to Wall, Rondo and Bledsoe for considering that step even after each has banked millions of dollars. That these three have chosen to do that while finding a home to work on their game and stay fit is a no-brainer, win-win.

Calipari, of course, is a winner, as the presence of an All-Star point guard, a Rookie of the Year candidate and a promising future starter on campus and in the gym only raises his already insanely-high profile as a mover and shaker in the basketball world and provides his current roster, which sports four potential first round picks in the 2012 NBA draft, with elite leadership and competition. Kentucky freshman point guard Marquis Teague, in particular, wins here too with three new mentors. Who better to answer his freshman questions than Wall, Rondo and Bledsoe?

The losers here are anyone that still believes in the purity of amateurism as well as any coaches that have to compete with Calipari for NBA-ready recruits. His factory just gets more and more refined by the season. Love him or hate him, his innovations and ability to find a competitive advantage are remarkable.
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tonlon0017
Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 10:19 pm
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Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:57 pm
 

Calipari: 3 NBA players to take classes at UK

"Insanely high profile...?"

I don't think Calipari has a very good reputation.  In fact, I bet most other coaches think he's an a**.  



Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 2:40 pm
 

Calipari: 3 NBA players to take classes at UK

Heels are "yesterday" program?? Your a freaking joke. You should just stop talking ( or typing in this case) you would sound more intelligent. Im gonna be laughing at this one for a while.



Since: Apr 8, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 11:20 am
 

Calipari: 3 NBA players to take classes at UK

Just enjoy vacating all those wins and banners (third time's the charm right).  Y'all got to the final four in the weakest NCAA tournament that I can ever remember. Kentucky will continue to choke when it counts because Calipari isn't much of a floor coach and relies entirely too much one-and-done freshmen. Your only hope to win a NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP (you know the one that matters?) is the NBA lock-out to continue for about 3 more years.




Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 10:21 am
 

Calipari: 3 NBA players to take classes at UK

"Calipari, despite all of the constant praise he gets, still has never won anything of substance.  I personally like the guy and think he is a phenomenal recruiter; however even with more talented teams, he can't win when it counts.  He is the definition of a "self-promoter" (not unlike some of the other big time D1 coaches) but he has no rings, no final fours, nothing of substance just lottery picks."

So you've done more I'm sure, you just gave up coaching college ball to focus on your web blogging career. Kudos. Can't win when it counts? Like against the overall number one seed in the tournament last year Ohio State? Or the very next game against another number one North Carolina? I'm sure you've out coached both of those programs many times from your couch. And the millions Cal helped raise for earthquake victims was totally about self promotion. I'm sure he got invited to a lot of charity golf tournaments after that, I meant that was his goal in helping those people right? And since you don't seem to have watched college basketball since he left Memphis, Cal does have 2 SEC championship rings, (you can't get those in cereal boxes or from Ebay) and a final four banner from last year. Maybe you should watch some college basketball, then come back and try commenting again. But hey, thanks for playing the 'bash Cal with nonsense' game, better luck next time. Cool




Since: Apr 8, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:39 am
 

Calipari: 3 NBA players to take classes at UK

Calipari, despite all of the constant praise he gets, still has never won anything of substance.  I personally like the guy and think he is a phenomenal recruiter; however even with more talented teams, he can't win when it counts.  He is the definition of a "self-promoter" (not unlike some of the other big time D1 coaches) but he has no rings, no final fours, nothing of substance just lottery picks.




Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: July 28, 2011 11:14 pm
 

Calipari: 3 NBA players to take classes at UK

How can any other team possibly hope to offer to impressionable high school kids the opportunity to rub elbows and shoot jumpers with people like Wall, Rondo, PP, Nazr, Tay...I'm assuming more, like Boogie maybe, Bogans definitely....on a daily basis?  Some of these guys are guys who are flashing big NBA Champion bling on their fingers, and some, like Wall, are in the process of redefining the league.  Who is Duke gonna put out there?  Singler?  Boozer?  Congrats to Cal for welcoming these guys back, congrats to the players for trying to better themselves, congrats to UK's current roster for the chance to learn from some of the very best, and congrats to us UK fans for witnessing a shift in the power base of college basketball.  To the haters, who I am sure will be populating this board very soon, tough &hit, and suck it.  Now, let's sit back and wait to see what pathetic attempt the crooks at the NCAA come up with....maybe ban these players from enrolling>  LOL



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 10:50 pm
 

Calipari: 3 NBA players to take classes at UK

One of the great minds in the history of college sports......pure, unadultrated genius at work........Right now Prince, Wall, Cousins, Bledsoe, Bogans, Rondo, Patterson, Mohammed, and Knight are all either on campus, or about to be there.......they are scrimmaging against the Dominican National team (coached by Calipari).......

And the beat goes on........I simply cannot imagine how UNC, Kansas and DUKE fans must feel, as Kentucky continues to cast its big blue shadow over those "yesterday" programs.......they are just moons orbiting us now.......shrinking moons at that.......



Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2011 10:06 pm
 

Calipari: 3 NBA players to take classes at UK

This is great in every way except one. It's great for Coach Calapari, as a recruiter in the future, and with coaching now as these guys have a lot to bring to the court after being in the pros. It's great for the team if the likes of Davis, Gilchrest, and Teague get to learn from them and practice with the likes of John Wall and Rajon Rondo in pick up games. It's great for the ex-players because they get to pick up some college credits, just in case. It's nice for the rest of the students there because they get to see them around campus and maybe grab an autograph of picture with them. It's great for everyone except one group of people. The haters. Fortunately they are really good at 2 things, hating, and suckin' it. Time to do both. Cool



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