The University of Kentucky, with their win over Kansas, became one of the youngest teams to hoist the trophy this past Monday night. And by doing so gave Coach John Calipari his first National Title.
Calipari’s name can be mention with the likes of other college coaches who have won a National Title. However, he comes without controversy his past two schools (UMass & Memphis) both made it to the Final Four but were strip away for violations. Lately, his recruiting style has become the center of much attention. Calilpari’s sort of players are often label “one-and-done” after their freshman year they jump to the NBA.
History has shown over the past three years Kentucky, since Calipari has been there, has had the No. 1 recruiting class which brought players like Demarcus Cousins, John Wall, and now Davis. By landing talent as those players, and more, people are calling foul play. Winning the title only shines a brighter light on Kentucky’s basketball program; top recruits will only keep coming.
This National title might represent more to Calipari as he beat the one person who prevented him from winning the title his last appearance. Back in 2008 it was Bill Self’s Kansas Jayhawks who defeated a Memphis team lead by NBA star, and last year MVP, Derrick Rose.
Just think about what Calipari did this year with all that talent. I compare it to what Phil Jackson did with the Los Angeles Lakers during their title runs with Kobe and Shaq. Managing egos is a very difficult thing to accomplish in this day and age. When young players have the “it’s all about me” mentally it’s surprising that Calipari reached the winning level he has thus far.
So while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrence Jones, Doron Lamb, and Davis should jump to the NBA Calipari has had his one shining moment this past Monday and I’m sure it wouldn’t be the last with another crop of talent freshman joining Big Blue National next year.
Until next time live out your DREAMS with some Determination, put forth Real Efforts and given your Abilities; Mean you will have Success.