Calipari all in with new NBA draft rules

How much has the new NBA draft rule helped players make better decisions about whether to stay in the draft or return to college:

Kentucky coach John Calipari: “Unbelievable. Unbelievable. This whole combine thing – and understand the combine wasn’t for first-round draft picks. The combine was for the second-round picks, borderline first-rounders, or people not getting drafted so when you go to the combine they tell you go back to school.

“So now guys who go undrafted, why did you put your name in? They told you, you weren’t going to get drafted? Why’d you keep your name in? We give these kids now every opportunity to learn themselves so you’re not delusional, or the people around you aren’t delusional. And then by being able to go work out for teams, now, before, and then make a decision?

“Think about it, for these kids. I mean, the decisions we make should be for these kids, and I think that was for the kids. That’s why I want my kids to go the full Monty, try it, see what you want to do, make sure it’s what you want to do, and then go for it.”

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  1. I totally agree with Cal and the new rule. It’s something that should have happened long ago. Too many kids with stars in their eyes gave up a good education to chase a dream that just wasn’t going to happen. UK has seen it’s share of players like that IMO. Maybe this will bring them down to earth and point them to where they need to be to get drafted or to plan for a life outside of playing basketball.

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