By: Alex Sommerfield
Since John Calipari Arrived at the University of Kentucky he has become notorious for one and done players that he ships off to the NBA. Some hate it, other love it. In the recent ESPN 30 for 30 on Calipari’s career he addressed his doubters who claim he is ruining his player’s opportunity for an education, saying that you go to school to get a job and that is what he (Calipari) is providing, he is getting his players jobs in the NBA.
Since arriving at Kentucky Calipari has only lost double digit games in a season twice (one of those years he took the team to the Title game). Coach Cal is 249-53 at Kentucky. At some point in each season the Wildcats have been ranked in the AP top 10.
So many high profile recruits have made a pit stop in Lexington since Calipari took the job in 2009. Cal is responsible for the top two win totals in program history.
Of course Calipari wouldn’t be able to do all of that without the excellent players he recruits, that why he brought them all up on stage during his Hall of Fame Induction.
Calipari should be praised for what he has done for the Kentucky program and the players he coached.
Because of the Dominance of Kentucky we made a starting five of players from Kentucky since Calipari arrived, all who have gone on to have careers in the NBA or are soon to do so.
We went with three guards and two bigs…
G – Johnathan Wall
Better known has John Wall, the point guard for the Washington Wizards. Maybe the best point guard in the East after outplaying Isaiah Thomas during the Conference Semis. If the Wiz make it to the next round him and Kyrie Irving should be an interesting matchup. (Also underrated topic that Wizards coach Scott Brooks was fired by the Zombie Sonics and now he has gone farther in the playoffs than them…hmmmm.
G – Devin Booker
70 points in 70 points no matter how you get them. A sixth man at Kentucky during his one year there, now a star for the excessively young Phoenix Suns. He is a good compliment to the rest of the starting five with the ability explode with buckets at any moment.
G – Malik Monk (soon to be top five draft pick in NBA draft)
Monk is another player who can go off in an instant like Booker. His 47-point outburst against against North Carolina in December of 2016 proves that. Someone with absolutely freakish athleticism who can be unconscious from deep at time.
F – Anthony Davis
If he was on a legit NBA team he would be an every year MVP candidate. He does everything for the Pelicans. Davis recently paired up with other Kentucky one and done Demarcus Cousins, which brought to life rumors of Calipari coming back to the NBA to coach the duo. The unibrow deserves more credit for what he’s done, if he stays healthy and the Pelicans put some real players around him then maybe they have a shot at something special.
F – Karl-Anthony Towns
Another do it all player like Davis, Towns showed early during his rookie season that nothing is off the table with him when it comes to his on court play. His commercials for beef jerky may be unnerving but you can’t deny that him and the up and coming Timberwolves will soon be a major problem in the league.
There are so many great players that were left off this list and that is why this is just a preview of our future YouTube series that will follow a NBA 2k Association made entirely out of Kentucky players since Calipari arrived, including Kentucky Jerseys and Rupp Arena.