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07:30 AM ET 01.31 | Tick-tock. It has to happen now. Not this summer. Not this fall. Not next winter. Not next year. Next year, they'll be gone. That's the downside of this one-and-done track Kentucky has ridden since John Calipari arrived at UK five years ago. To be sure, the business model has had plenty of upside. There was the Elite Eight in 2010, a Final Four in 2011, an eighth national championship banner in 2012. But the past two seasons have shown the downside of the strategy. ... You could say this young Kentucky team has plenty of time to get it right, but it doesn't. Not when you know that no matter how they play, the likes of Julius Randle, James Young, Aaron Harrison and his twin brother Andrew are all headed to the NBA at season's end. That was the bargain all along.

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January 31, 2014  07:57 AM ET

NIT here we come.

January 31, 2014  08:13 AM ET

If you think thes guys are that good to be 1 and done .........think again.

January 31, 2014  08:36 AM ET

Oh just reload with some more one-and-done phenoms. It's what you do.

January 31, 2014  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

If you think thes guys are that good to be 1 and done .........think again.

Doesn't matter whether we do or not HB. The NBA does and they are the ones forking out the cash. The UK ones and some on the other teams. They would have liked to have tied them up coming out of HS but couldn't because of the one and done.

Truth be told, the NBA folks would probably rather them develop further as well. But the crappy teams that pick first are desperate and will take 'em now.

January 31, 2014  08:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Doesn't matter whether we do or not HB. The NBA does and they are the ones forking out the cash. The UK ones and some on the other teams. They would have liked to have tied them up coming out of HS but couldn't because of the one and done. Truth be told, the NBA folks would probably rather them develop further as well. But the crappy teams that pick first are desperate and will take 'em now.

We're seeing the results of years of AAU coaching inflence ... instead of continuing to develop fundamentals they fast-forward to "NBA" skills.

One-and-done and AAU is killing college basketball. It's 5 feet under already.

January 31, 2014  10:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Oh just reload with some more one-and-done phenoms. It's what you do.

I thought 40-0 was the expectation for the "best recruiting class of all time"

Any more of those Tshirts around, or are they all in central Africa now?

January 31, 2014  10:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I thought 40-0 was the expectation for the "best recruiting class of all time"Any more of those Tshirts around, or are they all in central Africa now?

I loved it the other night when Calipari went onto the court and literally pushed one of his players towards the guy he was supposed to be defending. I guess if it's not a 5 step dunk these guys are like little lost sheep.

January 31, 2014  11:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Doesn't matter whether we do or not HB. The NBA does and they are the ones forking out the cash. The UK ones and some on the other teams. They would have liked to have tied them up coming out of HS but couldn't because of the one and done. Truth be told, the NBA folks would probably rather them develop further as well. But the crappy teams that pick first are desperate and will take 'em now.

I do agree with you DC. But I think it would be better for the NBA and the Players if the NBA made a rule like the NFL that players can not come out til after there junior yr and declar for the draft, it would do a few things:
1. Improve College basketball
2. Let the player further develope and mature
3. And last but not least ,let the player get an educatoin so if the NBA don't work out he has something to go back on

A kid coming out of high school is not mature or big enough to compete at the NBA Level......the Lebrons James are far and few between.

January 31, 2014  12:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I do agree with you DC. But I think it would be better for the NBA and the Players if the NBA made a rule like the NFL that players can not come out til after there junior yr and declar for the draft, it would do a few things: 1. Improve College basketball 2. Let the player further develope and mature 3. And last but not least ,let the player get an educatoin so if the NBA don't work out he has something to go back onA kid coming out of high school is not mature or big enough to compete at the NBA Level......the Lebrons James are far and few between.

Your best post this year. Completely agree.

January 31, 2014  06:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Doesn't matter whether we do or not HB. The NBA does and they are the ones forking out the cash. The UK ones and some on the other teams. They would have liked to have tied them up coming out of HS but couldn't because of the one and done. Truth be told, the NBA folks would probably rather them develop further as well. But the crappy teams that pick first are desperate and will take 'em now.

uk is forking on some cash to their prima donnas as well. The six-figure dough uk is dishing out pales in comparison to what the one and dones will make in the NBA.

January 31, 2014  08:13 PM ET

Calipari's one-and-done tactics have done damage to college basketball. Agreeing with Hillbilly.

 
February 1, 2014  01:13 AM ET

He is a joke for sure...mediocre coach with a history of dodging the NCAA on all issues or is the NCAA ignoring his tactics....guess it really doesn't matter, he is a cheater...reap what you sow, Conman Cal....the SEC is really weak, outside lf Florida and not sure how good they really are..as is, be interesting to see what happens if the Cats are one and done in the tournament...possibly Cal may make that jump back to the NBA(knicks)...would not surprise anyone, would it??

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