John Calipari Takes Shot At Duke’s Recruiting Pitch

Jonathan Grant | January 23rd, 2018

Kentucky head coach John Calipari has not always been known as the most morally correct coach in the game. When he was a coach at UMass, one of his players, Marcus Camby, was found guilty of accepting large sums of money during his college career.

Now, Calipari is criticizing Duke’s recruiting pitch.

“I don’t sell, ‘When you come here, the university and the state will take care of you for the rest of your life.’ You may buy that, and I’ve got some great property and some swampland in Florida to sell you too,” Calipari said.

This comes right on the brink of the No. 2 overall recruit in the class of 2018, Zion Williamson, committed to Duke along with the No. 1 and No. 3 recruits in the country.

“My concern is, whoever we get here, how do we help them to be the best version of themselves, both on and off the court? How do we send them off from here after a year, two years, three years, four, whatever, with a basis to have success both on and off the court, where they can be involved in their communities and where it’s not just solely basketball. How they can count on themselves?

“Everyone of us in this country is based on, you’ve got to take care of yourself. And then when you make it, you make sure you’re helping. And along the way, you’re bringing other people with you. That’s what we’re trying to do. Just give these guys the best opportunity. We’re not trying to say this university and this state will take care of you the rest of your life. There’s no socialism here. This stuff is, you’ve gotta go do it and we’re going to help you do it. Some like that, some don’t like that.”

This just seems a little bit more motivated by bitterness than anything else. Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski has always been known as one of the most upstanding and morally correct coach. Calipari, on the other, hand can not say the same thing.

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