Calipari thinks 1-and-done should be modified

Calipari does tell elite players if they are as good as they think and are willing to work, he can do for them what he did for Evans and Rose.

Kentucky coach John Calipari says he actually would prefer that the NBA allow high school players to go straight to the NBA if they wanted or if they came to college require them to stay two years.

Calipari has had two terrific one-year players — Derrick Rose and Tyreke Evans. He could have two more — John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins — this year.

"What I do is recruit the best players and if they are prepared (for the NBA), then I influence them to go and reload. I don't like one and done. I think players should be able to go (to the NBA) straight out of high school if they want to," Calipari said. "If you go to college, stay two or three years like they do in baseball."

Calipari's job is to recruit the best players and help them improve their skills while winning games, something both Wall and Cousins have done. "Some players are not capable of being one and done, but they have got better," the UK coach said. "Some kids I know emotionally are not ready and I would tell them if they choose to go, fine. Others I look at and say you need to go.

"I don't tell any player I recruit that he will start, play certain minutes or get a set amount of shots. If you come here, there will be other good players on the team and you will not be the only guy shooting the ball."

However, Calipari does tell elite players if they are as good as they think and are willing to work, he can do for them what he did for Evans and Rose.

"I don't profess to be the only college coach who prepares kids for the next level," Calipari said. "We have plenty in this league (Southeastern Conference) who can do the same thing we are here. We have had success, but they (the players) have had success in the league (NBA). I hope we have other guys that do the same.

"It has not hurt our programs anywhere I have been. I think the rule should be if you choose to go out of high school, go. If you go to college, stay two or three years. But as I said, that's not the rule."


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