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Weiss knows Calipari is rejuvenated, but also warns Louisville will be very good again

By LARRY VAUGHT

Dick Weiss is unique not because of the storied career he’s had covering college basketball, but because he’s one of the few media members who can call both John Calipari and Rick Pitino friends. Both coaches respect him and he often has unique insights into the coaches and their programs at Kentucky and Louisville.

He was the Nike Peach Jam in South Carolina last week when both Calipari and Pitino were there to watch numerous potential recruits play.

Weiss agrees that Kentucky’s NIT first-round loss coupled with Louisville’s national championship last season one year after the Wildcats won the 2012 national title has “revitalized” Calipari and his passion for winning.

“He didn’t like that team last year. He hated that (Ryan) Harrow wasn’t the point guard he needed. He hated sitting on the sidelines in March. He was a victim of no experienced players,” said Weiss. “No one saw Cal in Lexington when Louisville played NCAA games in Rupp Arena.”

Weiss sees Calipari putting his talented recruiting class through the same kind of summer bonding that the Anthony Davis-Marquis Teague-Michael Kidd-Gilchrist group did two years ago.

“He has them enrolled in summer school and playing with veterans in pick-up games. It was the same way in 2011 when none of those kids played USA Basketball, either, so they could be together,” Weiss said.

Weiss expects Kentucky to be good. Very good. But he feels the same about Louisville.

“Louisville will be better than you think,” Weiss said. “Top three (in the country) in my mind, maybe higher. With Russ Smith staying, Montrezl Harrell and Luke Hancock both playing USA age group this summer and the recruitment of Chris Jones, the best junior college point guard in the country, they will be good.

“The game at Rupp is one I am looking forward to being there for. Could be the two best teams in the country although Duke could be a factor, too.”

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  1. LindaS

    little brother will always be playing catch up.
    Good to hear the boys are bonding, it is a shame a few of them can’t be there because they graduated so late but I don’t think that is going to be a problem. I’m sure they are working on their game and working out also.
    We did not see the bonding last year, never heard of them going to movies together, never heard of them going to restaurants or pictures of them.
    Nerlens, I think is the only way we ever saw visiting people, children and doing things off campus.
    I’m so looking forward to this season. Tighten your seat belt, it’s gonna be a heck of a ride.

  2. Larry T Clemons

    It still took a KENTUCKY WILDCAT COACH, to bring Louisville Cardinals their latest National Championship, ” No Matter how you see it ” or, even if they do it in the future, with Pitino….

  3. Jim Boyers

    Unfortunately, the Harrisons and Young can’t be a part of the “bonding experience” because of UK’s ridiculous Summer School schedule, which didn’t allow them to enroll late (due to their high school terms ending too late to enroll).

    UK shot the team in the foot with stupid rules that are very “NCAA like”.

    I absolutely despise stupid rules and stupid administrations of any kind.

  4. UKFAN197TONE

    Does dook have to be mentioned in every freakin’ article I read?

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