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By LARRY VAUGHT
ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas believes college coaches sometimes get way too much credit for developing a player into a top NBA prospect when he’s on a college roster for only one season.
“You see guys come out of every system, whether it’s Princeton, the Princeton offense or some team from the flex or motion. You name it. It’s about the player. With all due respect to every college coach out there, I never really bought the idea that you can tag a college coach with the ability to develop pros,” said Bilas.
“You have a lot of coaches out there that are really good teachers but the idea that one coach does a better job of developing pros is absurd. That has to do more with talent than anything. One of the ways I measure that is you think about in the NBA, have you ever heard an NBA coach or anybody say about an NBA coach that Phil Jackson does a great job of developing players and turning them into All‑Stars and Hall of Famers. Larry Brown does a great job of developing All‑Stars. They never say that.
“John Calipari or Coach K or you name it, they have guys who come out after one year. They’ve had the guys seven months. What did they do to develop them? That’s so meaningless. This is more about talent than anything.”
On the SEC teleconference this week, Calipari admitted that his players were “not fully prepared” for the NBA even though he had them prepared to a “level” after one year.
“Until they get the mindset of playing in that league and trying to play back to back games and all the games they have to play, they are not fully prepared,” Calipari said. “But our guys are more prepared than others because they go into the league and play well. I am proud of all that.”
And he should be because Patrick Patterson, John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Knight, DeAndre Liggins and Josh Harrellson have all done well in the NBA after leaving UK. Only Daniel Orton has struggled and most of that has been due to injury.