During a Thursday teleconference previewing next week’s NBA Draft, Kentucky Coach John Calipari promoted his program’s focus on producing “position-less players.”
Of course, seven UK players have entered this year’s NBA Draft, which will be held next Thursday.
Kentucky's aim to enhance versatility makes players more attractive, Calipari said.
“Our goal is not just to help guys get in the league,” he said. “We want guys to become All-Stars. . . . Our goal would be to say, ‘Hey, half the NBA All-Stars started with us.'”
Calipari held up Karl-Anthony Towns as an example.
“If he had his druthers, he would have been a two-guard,” Calipari said. UK insisted Towns be a post-up player.
“He had no real post game,” Calipari said. “You know, we forced him. Like I told him, ‘You’re going to be a post player who can play out on the floor.'”
Now, Towns is widely projected as the first player taken in this year’s draft.
Calipari called Towns the type of player that “never gets traded.
“And there’s only a few of those in the league. And he’ll be one of them.”