On Thursday, Calipari appeared to deliver a subtle response during his press conference previewing Friday night's game against Wright State.
The UK boss cited Karl-Anthony Towns as a strong example of why coming to Lexington is important to elite prospects. Towns played only 21.1 minutes per game last season for the Wildcats' 38-1 Final Four squad, averaging a modest 10.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. But he still emerged as the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft and is now averaging a double-double (15.8 points, 10.7 rebounds) for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Why? According to Calipari, it was due to facing pro-level competition every day in practice at UK rather than just seven or eight games a year at most schools. "Are you getting better in practice?" he said. "Just worry about getting better."
Hear more about what Calipari had to say about the subject in the video feature above.