Calipari critical of portal: ‘Same as one-and-done’



Coach Cal’s concept to repair the transfer website (2: 00)

Kentucky coach John Calipari signs up with “SportsCenter” to talk about the transfer website and how it can be enhanced in college basketball. (2: 00)

  • Myron Medcalf, ESPN Staff Writer Aug 29, 2023, 04: 59 PM ET


    • Covers college basketball
    • Joined in 2011
    • Graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato

After the NBA altered its age requirement for draftees to 19 years of ages in 2006, John Calipari ended up being possibly the most significant supporter of the one-and-done age, a polarizing chapter in college basketball in which gamers have actually jumped to the pros after simply one season.

With the development of the transfer website in the last few years, Calipari stated a comparable pattern is occurring once again.

” It is one-and-done, too,” Calipari, appearing on “SportsCenter” on Tuesday, stated of the website. “Everybody was mad about a young gamer being available in and just remaining one year. Well, now we’re doing it with older gamers. It’s the exact same as one-and-done.”

Calipari stated numerous gamers who got in the transfer website this year were left without scholarships. He likewise stated head coaches are hanging on to additional scholarships simply in case a transfer may be offered, which implies “300-500” high school gamers will not get scholarships, either.

His service? Enable gamers to move just when without charge and to play just 4 years in a five-year window.

According to NCAA information, of the 1,385 Division I guys’s basketball gamers on scholarship who went into the website in 2015, 262 of them were left without a scholarship at a brand-new school.

Calipari likewise stated that the transfer website has actually developed age spaces in between groups.

” We’ve got 26- and 27- year-olds playing 18- year-olds,” he stated.

The transfer website has actually formed college basketball over the last few years.

In 2021, Baylor won a nationwide title with a group anchored by transfers. In 2022, then- Kentucky star Oscar Tshiebwe won the Wooden Award after moving from West Virginia And Kansas is forecasted to be the No. 1 group in America going into the 2022-23 season after including previous Michigan star Hunter Dickinson

” The problem ends up being: I think a kid ought to have the ability to move as soon as without charges,” Calipari stated. “You slip up or you’re not where you wish to be, I get it.”

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