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John Calipari with five underclassmen last year
Calipari says it time and time again. "This is a players first program."
He proves it year after year as well, sitting with his talented underclassmen, usually freshman, at each NBA draft after encouraging them to go pro. He knows the system makes players play in college for a year so Calipari makes sure to get the most out of his players for that one year, prepping them for the NBA.
He's often said, with much chagrin to Big Blue Nation, that he doesn't have a player drafted he's failed as a coach, even if they win the national championship. Calipari is about changing the players' lives for themselves and their families, not just about a national championship.
While most fans would disagree with that, it's appealing to high school seniors who want to play for a coach that won't hold them back. Calipari is able to recruit the best high school players because they know he will be there for them with his honest opinion when it comes time for the NBA draft.
They also know that his system, both on the court and off the court, will have them prepared for life in the NBA.