There's an interesting article on ESPN here where Cousins talks about how he didn't want to leave Kentucky and that he was "pushed out" by Coach Cal. Now I understand Cal's thinking: you might get hurt, your NBA draft stock is high, GO NOW before something happens and all those potential millions disappear. But it got me thinking: there are two types of levels to be ready to join the NBA. One is skill, which I think Cousins has. The other is a players emotional level. Can you emotionally handle all the the NBA is going to throw at you? The NBA has a lot of pressure and responsibility for a 19 year old kid.
I'm just hoping that Calipari is considering that when he's telling these kids to enter the draft. Cousins seemed like he wanted to stay. John Wall even made some statements about staying, but it seems that Calipari couldn't get rid of these kids fast enough. I read another article about how the NBA views the NCAA as nothing more than their farm league. I don't like thinking it, but is that all that Calipari is? A farm coach for the NBA? I want Kentucky to win titles, not be some slumming ground where top ranked NBA prospects can hang out until their stock rises. I don't like thinking it, but I really hope that Calipari is doing what's best for Kentucky, and not what's best for the NBA.