UK head coach John Calipari talked about some of the future roster decisions in John Clay's article for the Lexington Herald. Coach Cal commented on the roster after he and John Wall accepted the Adolph Rupp Award for coach and player of the year.
Several of UK's players have a decision to make about next season. For much of the season, John Wall, Patrick Patterson, and DeMarcus Cousins have been projected as lottery picks in the NBA Draft. Freshmen Eric Bledsoe and Daniel Orton have also used a solid season to improve their draft stock. Coach Calipari has his thoughts on what each player should do.
"During the season it's about our team," Calipari said. "When the season ends, the moment it ends, it's no longer about the team; it's about individual players. It's about them and their families. Now, you've worked hard for the team, you've worked hard for the state and for the program. Now it's your turn to make a decision for you and your family."
Calipari did say that he expected both Orton and Bledsoe to test the NBA Draft waters, but that he wants to make sure that both are "protected," in case they end up wanting to come back.
Calipari also stated that the probability to having four one-and-done players is unlikely.
Not every recruit is going to be a one-and-done, Calipari said. In nine years at Memphis, the coach had four players who were drafted after just one season. He could have four more this year.
"It won't be like that (every year)," Calipari said. "Part of it was that the team was so good this year it elevated every player. If we were a bad team, they would have looked bad as individual players.
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Coach Cal had this to say about the class he is recruting for next season.
"I think we're recruiting a good group of young people," Calipari said. "And I think that by the time we start next year, I think we'll have a team in order that's going to be another good team. Looks like it's going to be a young team again. But that's OK."
Calipari said he would not sign players just to sign players. Even though he had 13 scholarship players this season, Calipari said he would be comfortable with having 10 scholarship players and "one or two walk-ons."
John Clay also states in the article that Calipari denied rumors that Darnell Dodson is no longer with the team. The article states that the four freshmen are in good academic standing in case they did decide to return next season. Click here to read the rest of the article.