Calipari: Freshmen know there’s “no rosy picture” at UK

John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)

John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)


John Calipari says his incoming freshmen normally bond together quickly for one reason.

They’ve all been recruited the same way, knowing that it’s going to be hard, and no one was given anything or promised anything. There’s not this rosy picture that you come with us and life changes. No it isn’t. It’s hard,” Calipari said.

“Some guys come in with that, ‘I got Kentucky. That means we win and I go pro.’ (mindset). Really? And then they get in here and they’re like, ‘This is really hard.’ Yeah, it’s really hard. Harder than anywhere you can go.”

His incoming freshman class is all on campus and Calipari says they are all “great kids” who are already working together.

“My wife said to me, ‘Every year, we’ll have a group come through and I’ll say there’s no way next year’s group can be as nice as that group.’ And then next year’s group is nicer than the group before,” Calipari said.

“I would say when she meets this group she’s going to say the same thing.”

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