Last week, news broke that the NBA G-league will now offer perspective one-and-done players a one year contract of $125,000 and John Calipari gave his opinion on the matter Sunday when addressed by the media.
After all, Kentucky recruits the best of the best, and if any recruit is good enough to skip college and go to the G-League, you have to think he’s someone Kentucky at least looked at.
However, Calipari doesn’t think Kentucky will lose any recruits to this.
“Well, I talked about it, and if it’s what they say, three or five guys, and that’s it, I don’t think it affects us,” said Calipari. “As a matter of fact probably makes us better. The kids that come here are kids that want the competition and want to get better. They’re not going somewhere so that they only gotta shoot all the balls. They don’t come here. I think this may even separate us some.
“So, I’m not worried about it. My concern comes back to I want to know what happens to the kids that you’ve encouraged not to go to college if they fail. What are you going to do for them? That’s my whole thing. What is it going to do to 8th and 9th and 10th graders? Are you going to have a whole wave of those kids that think, I don’t need school I’m going to go to the G league.
“What they’re doing, I just don’t -- I looked at it and said, this is going to help us. We weren’t getting those guys anyway. They weren’t going to come here, the guys that would do that. The guys that come here, they come here for a reason.”
Calipari reiterated those thoughts Monday the Louisville Tip-off Luncheon.
Cal: G League option will separate Kentucky from the pack even more so.— Jerry Tipton (@JerryTipton) October 22, 2018
If there is one thing I’ve learned since Calipari came to Kentucky, is to listen to him when he addresses issues such as this one. There may have been some concern to some Kentucky fans when this news came out, but the way I look at it, if Calipari isn’t concerned about it, then neither should I.