By now, you probably know all about the The Athletic article containing some sharp criticism of several Wildcats by anonymous coaches.
It was meant to critique the players who have entered the 2020 NBA Draft, including Tyrese Maxey, Nick Richards, Ashton Hagans, Immanuel Quickley and EJ Montgomery.
While it’s one thing for NBA scouts to be harsh on prospects, this article featured college coaches taking unnecessary shots at said Kentucky players.
As you can imagine, that drew the ire of many in the college basketball world, including ESPN hoops commentators Dick Vitale and Seth Greenberg.
Wow sounds like petty jealousy reading comments about @KentuckyMBB players as only one word can describe the comments of ANONYMOUS COACHES = GUTLESS! If u r going to be critical BE ACCOUNTABLE ! https://t.co/buGYn776mO— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) July 16, 2020
I suggest these anonymous coaches spend more time worrying about their teams rather then being click bait for some writer. @KentuckyMBB and @UKCoachCalipari track record is pretty good.The funny thing is that no one promotes the league and other programs more. Embarrassing— Seth Greenberg (@SethOnHoops) July 15, 2020
But the best response came from UK walk-on Riley Welch, who thinks his teammates will do just fine in the NBA.
If our players sucked this year, and we still won the SEC by 3 games, that says more about you as a coach than anything.— Riley Welch (@Riley__Welch) July 16, 2020
I’ve been around a lot of NBA players my whole life, our guys will fit right in at the next level. https://t.co/g0QvM2l2QA