From Coach John Calipari’s annual recruiting manifesto: “It comes back to, is this the place that can prepare me the best to reach my dreams and have they done it with players like me? Has there been an environment that has brought players together where all the players have benefited? Who can help me grow as a person and as a player? Who can put me in the best position? Where can we win and play at the highest level? Who has coached players like me? Have they helped build a foundation for their future success?
If a program tells you that you’re so good that it doesn’t matter where you go to school, that’s the first school I’m marking off my list. History tells us that it’s just not true. It does matter where you go. I’m not saying that Kentucky is the only place that can make your dreams come true, because this isn’t for everybody, but for anybody to say that it doesn’t matter where you go – without trying to embarrass any players – we know that’s not true.
The overriding factors should be who best can prepare me to reach my dreams and help me grow as a person and as a student. To me, those are the questions that must be answered during the recruiting process. Everything else is secondary.”