School, not NBA should be the focus for NCAA players

Wisconsin's Ben Brust hangs on the rim as the Badgers practise ahead of the Final Four matches in...

Wisconsin's Ben Brust hangs on the rim as the Badgers practise ahead of the Final Four matches in Arlington yesterday. (AFP)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:08 PM ET

Because the players John Calipari recruits often are top tier NBA prospects, going pro is always “the elephant in the room,” Kentucky’s coach admitted on Friday.

But it’s not something they talk about during the season. Julius Randle could be a top three pick, yet, Calipari says they haven’t discussed it.

“Every player that I’ve recruited, and they will tell you, I say the same thing, Don’t plan on coming to school for one year. You make a huge mistake. But if after one year you have options, that will be up to you and your family,” Calipari said.

“Enjoy the experience, enjoy the college environment, because the rest of it is work, it’s not about family, it’s about business. So enjoy it. But, the one year, if you have options, that’s up to you and your family.”

Calipari called the negative connotation around one-and-done players ridiculous and said he wants to champion a new slogan.


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