Skip to main content

UK Commit On How Calipari Prepares Players For Life: "Regardless Of What You Do You're Going To Have To Compete With Others"

Shooting guard Charles Matthews is the only player committed to Kentucky in the 2015 class, but he looks forward to personally help reel in a number of other recruits, many of whom are ranked higher or play the same position as him. The Courier-Journal got the full list of players that Matthews is targeting in his attempt to help John Calipari recruit.

If UK were somehow to pull off what Matthews said would be his ideal class, it would be another all-timer for coach John Calipari: the nation’s Nos. 1 (power forward Ivan Rabb), 3 (Malik Newman), 7 (Cheick Diallo), 8 (small forward Jaylen Brown), 14 (Carlton Bragg) and 30 (Matthews) prospects by ESPN.com.

To Matthews, competition is part of being part of the Kentucky program, and it's part of life.

Matthews said wanting to have a team with so many good players —who could conceivably compete with him head-to-head for minutes — is evidence of a competitive attitude Calipari has instilled in UK’s players and recruits.

“You’ve got to come compete (at UK), and it really gets you prepared for everything in life afterwards because regardless of what you do you’re going to have to compete with others,” said Matthews, a skilled, 6-foot-5 guard from Chicago’s St. Rita High School. “Cal does a great job of managing egos. I feel that’s the only program in the country where you can recruit all these top players and get them to come together as one in such a span of time that he gets it done.

The 2012-13 season put Calipari's strategy to the test, and midway through last season his all-star teams really looked untenable, but after taking Kentucky to the national championship game, there is little doubt that Calipari's methods work far more often than not.

[The Courier-Journal]