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Kentucky coach John Calipari knows it's only a matter of time before his players seek success at the next level, and he expects five to seven players to make the jump to the NBA this offseason. "There's not going to be any brainwashing, forcing, pushing either in or out," Calipari told reporters in Indianapolis on Monday after his election to the Basketball Hall of Fame. "I want each kid to make a decision for themselves. ESPN.com

Calipari projects that Willie Cauley-Stein, Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Karl-Anthony Towns and Trey Lyles will declare for the NBA draft. He's not so sure about Dakari Johnson and Devin Booker. "It's time to take another step," Cauley-Stein told reporters after the Wildcats' loss to Wisconsin. "I mean, obviously, I'm not 100 percent on it, but I'm pretty sure I know what I want to do. Gotta talk to a couple more people, but probably was my last game here. "... You know, we'll never be on the same team like this again. That's going to set in. We got a month of school left with each other, and that's it. I mean, that's what you'll remember." ESPN.com

April 6, 2015 Updates

In addition to wondering about whether several of Kentucky’s star players will leave school early to put their name in the NBA Draft, many members of the Big Blue Nation have also worried about whether Coach Cal, himself, would explore the NBA waters. The big question in regards to that is how much of a desire he has to prove himself in the NBA. “I don’t,” Calipari said. “I have one question, so you understand, and I went through some things last year, and I had a simple question for an owner: The impact I have on these young people, the impact to help change their families lives, the impact I have in the seat I’m in at Kentucky to move people in a positive way, can I have that in the NBA? Where do I get the satisfaction from? What do we do that has an impact on the community, has an impact on people, or am I just coaching to try to help you make more money and win a championship? Tell me how, because I’m at a stage in my life, that’s not what moves me.” Official Site of John Calipari

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The one name that could return the Nets to all of those things they thought they could be, that they seemed primed to be, is currently guiding the best college basketball team in the nation, a coach who crashed and burned with the Nets once already. The Nets can be saved by John Calipari. "He desperately wants it," the front office official said. "He won’t say it out loud. The NBA is the only place he’s ever failed and it drives him nuts. He’s not the same guy he was then. He came to the NBA and he wasn’t ready. He’s ready now." Bergen Record

So consider this scenario — the Nets figure to have about $60 million in cap space in the summer of 2016, coinciding with a free agent market loaded with talent. "All these kids, if you look at a free agent list and check off the ones who he’s got a relationship with you could build an All-Star team," a person close to Calipari said. "Start with LeBron James." Bergen Record

A throat clearer of disclaimers is in order. Calipari is an ace recruiter and coach. Coach has stacked talent like cord wood on his bench. Coach has persuaded these players to glory in defense and passing. And all accept fewer minutes of playing time than they would have received had they chosen to major in medieval literature and star for East Sheboygan State. In return, he hands out tickets to professional agents and encourages his best players to depart for the N.B.A. after a freshman year. He encourages his next tier of talent to depart for the N.B.A. after their sophomore year and, time permitting, three semesters worth of academic credits. New York Times

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Kentucky coach John Calipari and four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Dikembe Mutombo are among the finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame's 2015 class. The Hall of Fame announced its 2015 nominees Saturday. The Class of 2015 will be announced April 6. Calipari and Mutombo are joined by longtime NBA referee Dick Bavetta, five-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway, three-time All-Star Kevin Johnson, three-time WNBA MVP Lisa Leslie, Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan, seven-time All-Star Jo Jo White, four-time All-Star Spencer Haywood, former NBA coach Bill Fitch and high school coaches Robert Hughes and Leta Andrews as finalists. ESPN.com

September 9, 2014 Updates

University of Kentucky coach John Calipari is finalizing plans for an unprecedented two-day campus scouting combine for NBA executives to evaluate his star-laden roster of professional prospects, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Calipari has invited officials of the 30 NBA teams to send personnel to Lexington, Ky., on Oct. 11-12 to watch his players do everything from run full-court five-on-five and NBA-style pick-and-roll sets to individual skill work. Yahoo! Sports

After the combine, Calipari plans to shut out NBA executives and scouts from his practices for several weeks – perhaps even months – into the season, league sources told Yahoo Sports. This way, Calipari can avoid the distractions that a constant parade of NBA scouts can present to so many talented young players in the practice gym. Yahoo! Sports

Kentucky Wildcats coach John Calipari is putting the finishing touches on a two-day scouting combine for NBA teams, multiple sources told ESPN.com on Tuesday. The event will allow the Wildcats to showcase their roster stacked with potential draft picks, eliminate the distractions of NBA scouts visiting throughout the season and will inevitably be a recruiting tool for Calipari for future classes. ESPN.com

August 17, 2014 Updates

Even if John Calipari had known LeBron James would eventually return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the University of Kentucky coach told The Courier-Journal he likely still would have signed his seven-year extension to stay with the Wildcats in June. He just couldn't leave more than a half-dozen players who themselves passed on the NBA draft to return to UK for another season. "They came back because it was good for them and their careers and they knew they needed more developing and coaching. That was by me. That's what they wanted," Calipari told the paper in an interview Sunday morning in the Bahamas. "So that made it a tough deal to say, 'I'm just going to leave these guys here.' With who? It may be somebody I don't know that wouldn't do the things for them that they needed to do. Now, obviously coaching at Kentucky is special. It is unique and special. But this, for me, becomes about these kids. I have no desire, nor am I out looking for (jobs). I got the job. I got the job. What would move me to stay was these kids need me here. That's what I'm doing. At the end of the day, that was what (kept him at UK). It wasn't money." Louisville Courier-Journal

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