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Team with three one-and-dones?
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On March 25, 2013 @ 5:00 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Eric Prisbell, USA TODAY Sports
The 12 active national title-winning coaches in men’s college basketball have seen seismic changes in the game over the past few decades.
Against the background of the 75th NCAA tournament, USA TODAY Sports offers lengthy interviews with these dozen active title-winning coaches, all of whom still are head coaches at the Division I or II level. They provided a window into their ever-changing world, offering perspective on several big-picture issues that affect modern-day college basketball.
Monday, March 25 Question: Would you want to coach a team with at least three one-and-done players?
John Calipari: “First of all, a lot of guys will say (they are reluctant to coach one-and-done players) because they can’t recruit those types of kids. To justify it, they’ll say, ‘I couldn’t do it. I need kids for four years.’ Those other kids don’t want to come and play for you. That’s just how it is. Secondly, it all depends on how you recruit the kids. Are you making outlandish promises and commitments? Well, why don’t we do it with one kid? You shouldn’t do it with any kids. We don’t promise anybody how many starts, how many shots, how many minutes. I don’t promise any of that. I think coming in, it all starts with that. Second thing, because I have done this now, it is much easier if you have veterans returning that can help you teach and coach and convince kids how they have to play. Without that, it’s very tough. Eric, I’ve said this three years to a bunch of friends of mine and they called me out on it. Let’s say, I’m at Kentucky, we lose all the kids to the NBA, all lottery picks … and then the recruiting class we have is the best in the country, but it’s in a down year for high school basketball. So you had by far the best class, but it’s in a down year and that group is not quite good enough. Now if you don’t have veterans and that happens, now you hit a glitch. And that is going to happen. But here’s the option: … [For more on Championship coaches round table: Team with three one-and-dones?, click here.]
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