The biggest advantage opposing coaches had when they were attempting to convince an elite recruit to join their teams instead of John Calipari's Kentucky Wildcats was his lack of a national championship. Now that he has one, the Wildcats are going to become an unstoppable force.
There were always concerns raised about his one-and-done system; but now that Calipari has proven that system can reach the college basketball mountain top, there's nothing short of a rule change that can slow him down. That has to be scary for other coaches.
This past season's team will produce at least six NBA draft picks, with five of them potentially going in the first round. Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist are both expected to be selected within the opening handful of picks.
That's important because recruits who are looking at Kentucky as an option have NBA dreams. They want the avenue that will provide them with the best chance of being noticed by scouts in order to improve their stocks in what's likely to become a one-season college career.
High school stars who watch the NBA Draft keep hearing Kentucky players getting called. That's something that will stick with them during the recruiting process. It's free advertisement for the Wildcats.
With the recent addition of five-star prospect Nerlens Noel, the Wildcats have already put together another elite class for next season. They have received commitments from two other five-star players—Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin—and four-star big man Willie Cauley.
The Wildcats are also in the mix for Anthony Bennett, who, after a couple marquee signings went down this week, is the most coveted recruit available. If Kentucky lands him, it will be like adding a whole new starting lineup to the roster in one class.
If that doesn't prove how much power Calipari has right now, nothing will. It's becoming increasingly difficult for recruits to walk away when Calipari and his coaching staff lay all of the accomplishments in front of the next big college star.
Usually the term dynasty is associated with teams that stick together and win multiple championships. Kentucky has started to form a new type of dynasty, where the only thing that will remain the same is the head coach.
Calipari has basically created a monster at Kentucky, and other programs—including those from power conferences—are scrambling to figure out a way to slay the dragon. But each year they let the Wildcats dominate the recruiting trail, it becomes tougher.
Players know exactly what they're going to get from Kentucky: a coach who understands if they decide to leave after one season, a chance to play alongside other elite players and an opportunity to fight for a national championship. That's a hard offer to turn down.
Kentucky's national title victory last week was a sign of things to come. Now that “Coach Cal” has a championship on his résumé, the Wildcats will continue to rule college basketball.