Of all the coaches to benefit from one-and-done, John Calipari figures to lose the most if the NBA abolishes the rule. And yet he wants just that. “Whatever the rules,” he said, “we’re going to be fine.”
Calipari said he met with the NBA Player’s Association one week ago, and implored that organization to create a “combine” for high school juniors. And he thinks agents should be more involved with high school kids. “The players and the families need to know – here are the ones who should be thinking about the NBA, and here are the ones who should not,” he said. “That’s why you need a combine.”
Calipari’s concept is for the NBA to set up its G-League with contracts that include roughly $30,000-a-year salaries, and college education funds. Major League Baseball has similar deals for its minor league players. His point is to open it up and take the restrictions away.
Mike Vorkunov: As for Jay Wright, here’s what he told @DanaONeilWriter this week about jumping to the NBA. O’Neil: Before we move on to how those decisions could impact your team, what about you? Do you have any interest in moving on to the NBA? Jay Wright: I’m staying. I love it here. I love what we’re doing. I’m just really happy. I said when I was at Hofstra and I didn’t take other jobs, I used that old Jim Valvano line, Don’t mess with happy. That seemed appropriate at Hofstra until this job opened. It’s still really appropriate. I’m very happy here. I don’t need another challenge. I like happy better than a new challenge. The NBA does intrigue me. That challenge is appealing, but it’s not worth giving up working with these guys. The whole thing is, to take a new challenge you have to give up what you have. I don’t want to give up what I have. Would I like to coach in the NBA? Yes. But I have to give this up in order to do that, and I don’t see that happening.
Villanova junior All-American Mikal Bridges will bypass his final year of eligibility and enter the NBA draft where he’s projected to be a lottery pick, he told ESPN. Bridges, a two-time national champion and the 2018 Julius Erving Award winner as the top small forward in college basketball, is considered one of the elite two-way players in this draft class. ESPN’s Jonathan Givony has Bridges 10th overall in his most recent mock draft.