How Calipari manages UK's loaded roster
July, 3, 2014
By Seth Greenberg | ESPN.com
Paul Abell/USA TODAY SportsKentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein is part of arguably the nation's top frontcourt.Kentucky Wildcats coach John Calipari understands the business of college basketball. He thinks outside the box and has created the new model of the game. Over the past five years, he has had 18 players taken in the first round of the NBA draft. But don’t take that to mean he’s a “one-and-done” coach. Calipari replaced that phrase with "succeed and proceed." A down year for the Wildcats is having one lottery pick and one top-20 draft choice.
A funny thing happened this year, though, when potential top picks Willie Cauley-Stein, Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison and Alex Poythress decided to return to Lexington as opposed to putting their names in for the NBA draft. They will be joined by the nation’s No. 2 overall recruiting class (featuring four players in ESPN’s Top 25). What it has created is one of the deepest and most talented teams in college basketball.
How will Calipari manage the rotation? How do you satisfy the expectations and egos of a roster of McDonald's All-Americans?