Timing of Calipari's invitation creative

If there are people in college basketball more innovative or more progressive that John Calipari, I'd love to hear about them. With summer recruiting getting ready to heat up, Coach Cal just extended an invitation to his former players that puts in him a pretty nice position when it comes time for the prime time recruits to make their visits.

If there are people in college basketball more innovative or more progressive that John Calipari, I'd love to hear about them. With summer recruiting getting ready to heat up, Coach Cal just extended an invitation to his former players that puts in him a pretty nice position when it comes time for the prime time recruits to make their visits.

If you haven't already heard, Calipari offered former Wildcat players who are currently in the NBA the opportunity to work out at the Wildcats' facilities during the lockout. Until the NBA strikes an agreement, players are not allowed to use team facilities. Nothing of course forbids the players from working out on their former college campuses.

"I reached out to every former Wildcat that's in the NBA dealing with this lockout to tell them our facility is available to train if needed. If they want to finish up some school work while in Lexington, we will help with that as well," Calipari added. "We just want to make sure all our players know that it's all about family here at UK."

Calipari is being very noble of course, and if it just so happens that the likes of Shabazz Muhammed, Brandon Ashley or Andre Drummond visit the UK campus on a recruiting trip and bump into John Wall, Patrick Patterson, DeMarcus Cousins, Brandon Knight or any number of other former UK standouts selected in some recent first round of the NBA Draft, well that's the way it goes.

Of course, other programs can and probably will make the same offer to their former players but when Brandon Ashley makes his trips to college campuses it's tough to imagine, as an example, running into Luke Walton at Arizona as having the same "wow" factor as a morning run on the treadmill alongside Patterson, Cousins, John Wall, Rajon Rondo and Tayshaun Prince.

A move like this is just another example of the type of creative thinking Kentucky was missing in the Tubby Smith and Billy Gillispie years and a fundamental reason that the Cats have the talent this year to make the final four for the second year in a row.


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