"Calipari has done an amazing job of ingratiating himself with the best young talent. That's the part that gets the most attention. But what doesn't get enough notice is the job he's doing with those players once he gets them," DeCourcy said.
"Go back and look: Nearly everyone thought DeMar DeRozan was a better prospect than Tyreke Evans. I certainly did. Evans was a terror as a freshman and DeRozan didn't really start to play well until he became comfortable late in the year.
"Cousins was widely considered to be too volatile to succeed. Bledsoe was ranked like 30th in his class. Now he's probably one-and done. Where's the credit for handling those players so well?"