John Calipari is optimistic about the 2015-16 season.
And he's holding nothing back.
Calipari wrote what he calls his "annual recruiting manifesto" for his website, CoachCal.com, on Monday night.
Coming off a 38-1 season that ended in the coach's fourth Final Four in six seasons at the University of Kentucky, Calipari suggested a repeat performance is not out of the question.
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"I’m so excited about our team this year. We could have the best backcourt, and maybe the best frontcourt in the country. I think we will have depth, athleticism and shooting. I couldn’t be more excited about the challenge. Then I asked our guys coming back: Why not? Why not do something crazy like last year?"
As Calipari watches his seven stars from last season making their debuts in the NBA Summer League -- adding to a large flock he's sent previously to the pros -- Kentucky just signed another top-ranked recruiting class.
That group -- Jamal Murray, Isaiah Briscoe, Skal Labissiere, Charles Matthews and Mychal Mulder -- join a group of returnees led by Tyler Ulis, Alex Poythress, Marcus Lee, Derek Willis and Dominique Hawkins
"Moving forward, when a normal program loses seven players to the NBA it’s devastating for the next three or four years. Some never recover," Calipari continued in his manifesto. "That’s not Kentucky."
Calipari, who just completed his sixth season at Kentucky and his 25th as a college and NBA head coach, admitted he's not seen everything yet.
"Last year was truly amazing," Calipari said. "I grew as a coach, I learned from the players and I’m absolutely humbled by how they came together and how they sacrificed. Our team benefited from all the records they set, but individual players benefited more, and that’s the way I want this. Whatever the team accomplishes, I want the players to benefit more."
Calipari concluded with a message to potential future Wildcats.
"As far as recruiting, if you watch our teams – not only last year, but the other years also – you’ll notice players have improved. Nobody is left behind. We’ve had 40 scholarship-recruited players, 25 have been drafted by the NBA and another handful are in Europe, the D-League or still here on campus. I think that tells the story.
"Now I’ll say this to all the recruits and their families: Who wants to be next?"