Where do they go from here after such a rough season?
Well, it appears that one familiar face could be in play for what would be a huge offseason addition in Orlando Antigua.
According to Big Blue Express, there is a possibility that Kentucky is able to get Antigua back on staff.
Something else to watch for in this off season is that there is a very real possibility that Orlando Antigua rejoins the staff at Kentucky.— Big Blue Express (@bigbluexpress) March 11, 2021
The former right-hand man for Calipari left in 2014 to become the head coach at the University of South Florida. He is currently serving under Brad Underwood as an assistant coach with the Illinois Fighting Illini.
Known for being a recruiting ace and great player developer at Kentucky, bringing in some of the nation’s top talent year in and year out, he didn’t see the same type of success once he got into the head-coaching ranks lasting only three seasons with USF.
To bring him on though that means that someone on staff would obviously have to leave in order to open that spot on the coaching staff.
With Joel Justus aspiring to make the jump to a head coach, and Bruiser Flint potentially wanting to get back to being a head coach somewhere, it’s very plausible that a spot could open up if they find a good mid-major opportunity elsewhere.
With the loss of Kenny Payne to the New York Knicks, who basically helped fill the role Antigua had at Kentucky, saw Cal going to add his old friend Bruiser Flint to the mix of the coaching staff. Then with the addition of Jai Lucas, you saw the big picture of Cal trying to add a recruiting rockstar to fill in for the loss of KP.
So far, Lucas has lived up to that hype, as he was pivotal in Kentucky getting top-10 recruit Daimion Collins. Adding Antigua next to him would make for what should be another string of elite prospects coming to the Bluegrass, as well as more wins after this disaster of a season.
This is an interesting storyline to watch over the coming months to see if anything comes to fruition.
Random thought: Want to know the value of good assistant coaches?— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) March 3, 2021
Orlando Antigua was at Kentucky 2009-2014 - the three best teams of the Calipari era were 2010, 2012, 2015 (his final recruiting class).
He gets to Illinois, they are Top 5 nationally 4 years later#Respect