Calipari talks about what's next for his star players

broberts@herald-leader.comApril 8, 2014 


Kentucky's James Young (1) and Julius Randle (30) on the way to the locker room after UK lost to Connecticut 60-54 in the NCAA Final Four championship game Monday April 7, 2014 at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff


Several Kentucky players are projected as possible NBA Draft picks in June, and there will almost certainly be underclassmen that make that jump to the pros.

After Monday night’s loss to UConn in the national title game, Coach John Calipari spoke about the process that he’ll go through with those players

“Well, I’ll sit down with each young man individually, probably have their family either with us or on a speaker phone and get them information and say, 'If I can help you with anything, let me know. Tell me what you want to do, what do I need to do to help you?'

“I kind of stay out of the decision making. I just get them information. So we’ll see. I have no idea because I haven’t talked to them and none of us have talked about that. We were playing to win the national championship. But now that the season’s over, it is about the players. It’s no longer about the program. It’s no longer about the team. It’s about each individual player on this team now. They sacrificed. They surrendered to each other now, for our team and our program and our school.

“Season’s over. Now it’s about them. And we’ll sit down with each of them and they will make decisions for themselves.”

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