John Calipari was not happy with the way this season played out in Lexington, saying the program was sabotaged. Last year, the Wildcats hit the highest of highs with a recruiting class that was among the best of the last thirty years, produced two picks at the very top of the draft along with several others that entered the league, and a national championship. This year, well, they lost at Robert Morris in the NIT.
When asked by a reporter if former Kentucky player Sean Woods was right when he called this year’s players “entitled”, Calipari responded, “maybe.” He was asked whether Archie Goodwin’s play in the second half (when Kentucky rallied to tie the game) was what he envisioned Goodwin being as a player. Calipari instead sidestepped that question and talked about next year. “So there’s no one where who is promised ‘I played 30 minutes a game,’ next year, you may play five.”
The one and done environment lures top prospects. We know Nerlens Noel will leave and be a top five pick despite the knee injury. The rest, though? “If any of us were saying that we think we should leave, then we would all be delusional,” said Archie Goodwin. Ryan Harrow, the sophomore guard who already transferred from NC State after one year, said “I can’t go anywhere, so I’ll be here next year and just getting ready for next year.” According to Kyle Tucker of the Courier Journal, Calipari’s response to Harrow’s future with the program was “we’ll have an individual meeting and talk about it.”
The Kentucky players will get competition next year. Calipari is sending shots out. Will they want to stay–like Doron Lamb and Terrence Jones did for the 2011-2012 season–and be part of another team loaded with freshman, or move on? It should be an interesting offseason in Lexington after a lost one that ended in a small gym in Pennsylvania.