Kentucky head coach John Calipari has fired back at ESPN’s Jay Bilas, who said during last week’s NBA Draft that college programs don’t “produce” NBA players.
Bilas did concede that colleges can help fine tune and improve player’s abilities, but stopped short of saying they help “produce” pros. Calipari clearly feels differently and let his feelings be heard during a press conference yesterday.
“I don’t agree,” Calipari said. “What about Tyler Herro? What about Eric Bledsoe? I don’t know. Maybe I’m missing something. Everybody must have missed on those kids. Just didn’t evaluate them right and we did.”
Calipari also cited his program’s success rate with former players getting second contracts in the NBA, which he pegged at 75 percent. The longtime coach added that thinks there’s “a culture that we have, a system, a process that we have in developing them with an idea of what the end result is.”
You can view his full comments below.
"What about Tyler Herro? What about Eric Bledsoe?"
"It doesn’t matter what school you go to, you’re going to make it if you’re supposed to. Do you believe that’s true?"
— Alex Walker (@AlexWalkerTV) June 23, 2019
Of course, there are some recruits that are going to make it no matter what and no matter where they go to college. But it is hard to argue with results.
Kentucky often gets the best of the best, but they have a strong track record of developing those kids and also turning some slightly lower-rated recruits into pros.