He's a winner.
He's a cheater.
He's a great coach.
He's everything that is wrong with college basketball.
When you talk to folks about John Calipari, you don't have to look very long or hard for someone to describe him in one of the ways above. In fact, if you talk to some people (looking at you, Bob Knight), you very well may hear all four of the above in the first sentence that comes from their mouths.
However, for all of the various—and often contradictory—ways people will describe John Calipari, there is always one constant that the Calipari fans will rave about and the Calipari detractors will loathe. But they all agree:
John Calipari is hands down the best recruiter in college basketball today.
So with the answer to the question of the game's best recruiter so obvious, the better question is why is this so. Why is John Calipari so far ahead of the field when it comes to getting 18-year-old men to sign on the dotted line?
While that is really too difficult to answer fully without writing an entire dissertation on the matter, here are a few reasons why John Calipari is the best recruiter in college basketball.