Calipari shows up at Marshall County Hoop Fest

 Posted by at 8:18 PM on December 2, 2017  Comments Off on Calipari shows up at Marshall County Hoop Fest
Dec 022017
 

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BENTON — UK Coach John Calipari arrived at the Marshall County Hoop Fest during the third quarter of the Lexington Catholic-Marshall County matchup Saturday night.

That game featured Lexington Catholic senior Zan Payne — the son of UK assistant coach Kenny Payne — who has been mentioned as a possible walk-on for the Wildcats next season. Kenny Payne was also at the Hoop Fest on Saturday night.

The two later games on Saturday’s schedule feature UK signee Keldon Johnson, five-star 2019 target D.J. Jeffries, and Adair County freshman Zion Harmon, who has visited Lexington a couple of times in recent weeks.

Calipari coached UK to a victory over Harvard earlier in the day Saturday.

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John Calipari talks again about graduate transfers

 Posted by at 8:27 PM on March 25, 2017  Comments Off on John Calipari talks again about graduate transfers
Mar 252017
 

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MEMPHIS — UK Coach John Calipari spoke at last week’s NCAA Tournament stop in Indianapolis about graduate transfers in college basketball, and he made it pretty clear that he’s against the rule that allows players who have graduated from college to transfer to another school and play right away without sitting out.

Calipari was asked about grad transfers again Saturday. The Wildcats could need another backcourt player for next season — depending on who from the current UK team enters the NBA Draft — but it doesn’t sound like Calipari is expecting to use a graduate transfer to fill any holes on the 2017-18 roster.

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Charting Calipari’s recruiting classes: A look at UK’s early signing period additions since 2010

 Posted by at 6:24 PM on November 21, 2015  Comments Off on Charting Calipari’s recruiting classes: A look at UK’s early signing period additions since 2010
Nov 212015
 
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The early signing period is finished, and John Calipari might already be done recruiting for the class of 2016.

Calipari signed five Top 25 players — Edrice “Bam” Adebayo, De’Aaron Fox, Wenyen Gabriel, Sacha Killeya-Jones and Malik Monk — to form the No. 1 recruiting class in the country and arguably his best group of prospects ever.

How does that timing compare to past Calipari classes at UK?

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Recapping Calipari’s Saturday morning comments concerning Murray, a possible addition and more

 Posted by at 12:57 PM on August 1, 2015  Comments Off on Recapping Calipari’s Saturday morning comments concerning Murray, a possible addition and more
Aug 012015
 
John Calipari

John Calipari

John Calipari could not comment on the possible addition of Australian 7-footer Isaac Humphries during his meeting with reporters Saturday morning, but he did speak on several topics related to UK recruiting.

On his recent trend of recruiting international players like Jamal Murray and Mychal Mulder (Canada), Skal Labissiere (Haiti), Tai Wynyard (New Zealand) and possibly Humphries: “You know with me things just kind of happen. As they happen I roll with it. You’re recruiting guys who don’t want to run from this. This is what they want. Whether they’re from Lexington, Kentucky or Toronto, Canada or from Australia or New Zealand, who wants this? Because guys who play here, they’ll tell you – you’ve got to want this. It’s not something you can run from. You’ve got to run at it. And those are the guys that come here and have success. So it’s not been by design. But again, the guys we have, I don’t care where they’re from, they’re pretty good players.”

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Calipari says class of 2016 might be UK’s ‘best ever’

 Posted by at 4:13 PM on July 28, 2015  Comments Off on Calipari says class of 2016 might be UK’s ‘best ever’
Jul 282015
 
Photo: Charles Bertram/Herald-Leader

Photo: Charles Bertram/Herald-Leader

John Calipari appeared on ESPNU’s college basketball podcast Tuesday to talk about the 2015-16 Wildcats, and part of the conversation turned to recruiting.

UK’s coach is already looking forward to the class of 2016.

“This year’s recruiting class that we’re in the middle of right now, could be one of our best ever,” Calipari said. “The kids that I’m seeing that we’re involved with that I feel really good about, this could be our best class ever. And that’s a pretty scary statement coming from who we’ve been able to recruit over the last 25 years.”

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Calipari quickly responds to latest NBA report

 Posted by at 12:10 PM on June 30, 2015  Comments Off on Calipari quickly responds to latest NBA report
Jun 302015
 
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John Calipari

Less than an hour after Yahoo Sports reported mutual interest between John Calipari and the Sacramento Kings for a coaching and front-office job, the UK head coach responded.

“For the 100th time, I have the best basketball coaching position in the world,” Calipari said. “I am not looking for any other coaching position. Since he bought the team, (Kings owner) Vivek Ranadive and I have talked on and off about DeMarcus Cousins. Vivek has asked me what I thought about DeMarcus and I told him he would be an all-star, and I was right. In the last two weeks, we’ve also talked a bunch about the draft and on draft day, obviously because of Willie Cauley-Stein. At no time has Vivek offered me a job. I will be at Kentucky.”

Calipari landed a commitment from five-star guard Jamal Murray last week, and 247Sports now ranks UK’s recruiting class of 2015 as the best in the country. The Wildcats are once again expected to contend for an NCAA title this season.

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Calipari talks negative recruiting, incoming Wildcats

 Posted by at 4:26 PM on June 4, 2015  Comments Off on Calipari talks negative recruiting, incoming Wildcats
Jun 042015
 
Photo: Charles Bertram/Herald-Leader

Photo: Charles Bertram/Herald-Leader

UK Coach John Calipari met with reporters Thursday to wrap up this past basketball season and look ahead to the 2015-16 campaign. Many of the questions revolved around recruiting and some of the players who will be joining the team next season. Here’s everything Calipari had to say about those subjects:

On whether platooning led to negative recruiting from other schools: “I don’t know if it was that, but there were a lot of things that were thrown, and look, here’s — again, I put this out because I had heard LeBron had said it: Where his game changed when instead of worrying about being great, he was worried about the process to be great. It changed him. That’s what happens here. If you’re into ‘I just want to show you what I can do,’ it’s hard. You’re going to be here with six, seven other guys that can all play. If you want to be the only guy that can score. Some people think, ‘Well, my best chance of getting where I want to go is being the main guy and taking all the shots and playing all the minutes.’ Really? Ask Devin Booker. Really?

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May 052015
 
John Calipari

John Calipari

UK Coach John Calipari took to his website Tuesday morning to reflect on the benefits and drawbacks of the “platoon” system that the Wildcats used for parts of this past season.

The takeaway from platooning: He hopes to never do it again.

“If you ask me if I’m ever going to platoon again, my answer is NO,” Calipari wrote. “Last season was an absolute outlier. It’s just not the way I like to coach. I would rather play seven or eight guys because I believe that gives us the best chance to win. I think we wrote the book on platooning this year, but I hope we stick it on the shelf and never have to use it again.”

Check out Calipari’s full post on platooning right here.

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Calipari starts recruiting period by watching Tatum

 Posted by at 7:21 PM on April 10, 2015  Comments Off on Calipari starts recruiting period by watching Tatum
Apr 102015
 
John Calipari

John Calipari

The first evaluation period of the AAU season started Friday, and college basketball coaches all around the country were pouring into gyms to be seen by the nation’s top recruits.

UK Coach John Calipari started things off in Hampton, Va., where the Nike EYBL tipped off its season. The first player Calipari watched Friday night was St. Louis small forward Jayson Tatum, who trimmed his recruiting list to UK, Duke, North Carolina and Saint Louis earlier in the day. SLU Coach Jim Crews and assistant coaches from Duke and UNC were also there to see Tatum.

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Post-game Q&A: John Calipari on Elite Eight victory

 Posted by at 1:42 AM on March 29, 2015  Comments Off on Post-game Q&A: John Calipari on Elite Eight victory
Mar 292015
 
John Calipari

John Calipari

CLEVELAND — Here’s everything John Calipari had to say after UK’s 68-66 victory over Notre Dame on Saturday night to advance to the Final Four:

Opening statement: “I’m really proud of the guys. All we did, we were just scratching to stay in the game. I don’t know if our breakdowns, until I watch the tape, were us or Notre Dame being that good offensively. And I’ll tell you the thing on the side pick and roll and the empty side pick and roll, that’s on me as a coach. We never figured it out, we tried doing some different things and they just kept scoring on that, and Mike did what he should have, just kept going back at it. It was nice to see Aaron do what Aaron does, just a huge 3. It was great to see Andrew play an okay game, but make the plays down the stretch. It was great to see in the second half, us able to throw at Karl Towns, and they either were scoring or you got to leave somebody. And then Tyler makes that 3 in the corner. But we were just fighting to stay in the game, to be honest with you, and it was nice to see how it finished for these kids.”

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