In the single greatest move in the history of college basketball, Kentucky Wildcats coach John Calipari just announced that his entire team (including walk-ons) will be declaring for the NBA Draft.
Update: Isaac Humphries and Tai Wynyard are too young to be eligible for this year’s draft.
Even though there’s absolutely zero chance that everyone gets an invite to the NBA Combine, it’s still awesome. Essentially he’s doubling-down on his promise to recruits that anything and everything he does is to make sure they have a successful pro career.
Here’s Calipari’s exact quote:
Met with our team today. Told them that during the season it’s about the team and sacrificing for each other – which they did this year. When the season’s over, it’s about each individual player and what’s right for them and their families. With that being said, every player who is eligible for the draft, including our walk-ons, will submit their names for the NBA Draft in hopes of being invited to the combine in May.
The new rule states they can submit their name a total of three times. If they choose to withdraw, they have until 10 days after the combine. It’s a true win-win for the student-athlete.
Obviously both Coach Cal and Wildcat Nation are upset about their early exit from the NCAA Tournament, but I respect the hell out of this guy for remaining positive. If you’re a high school player, this is exactly the kind of guy you want as your coach. Lively, fun, successful.