The Kentucky Wildcats’ unparalleled scouting combine for NBA personnel will be televised live on ESPNU on Oct. 10, from 3-5 eastern time.
80 plus NBA scouts and personalities will be front row and center to take in a 3 on 3 tourney with 12 Kentucky Wildcats showcasing their skills.
All 30 NBA teams were invited to attend.
Coach Cal, through his marketing prowess, decided to put a giant spotlight on all of the players making it an event to take in, as opposed to a place to stop by during the course of the season.
It’s something the players will benefit from by being able to display their skill sets in an intimate venue that will also be televised for all to see. This can only benefit the players in the long run by taking pressure off of them during the course of the season and allows them to focus on the NBA scouts during the combine.
Coach Cal is going to have all 12 players expected to play this season in the “Platoon Cats” system play in the combine. I can’t help but think of this when it comes to Coach Cal:
Also in the mix, is the reality that current and future recruits can watch on ESPNU and think to themselves, “THAT COULD BE ME!”…
The mad scientist is truly a genius! Here are some quotes from Calipari from ESPN.
“All 30 teams would have been at my first week of practice anyway, this gives us a chance to control it a bit and get on with our business.”
“Let’s say one of the kids doesn’t show well. OK, it’s early in the season,” Calipari said. “It gives us and the NBA a base to start with. Our players will know without anyone saying anything where they are. For me, I’ll be able to talk to all these teams and tell me where I need to take each individual guy. The NBA will give me the information I need from the horse’s mouth. I don’t see the downside to doing this.”
“Someone said, ‘You’ll make them think about the NBA.’ Excuse me? They all do. Even the walk-ons,” Calipari said. “It creates a base for me to build with each individual kid and what I need to do.
“All 30 teams will be here my first week of practice. Now it’s all controlled and organized. How long I keep the [NBA scouts] out? I don’t know. It could be weeks or months. I will have all the information I need to help each one of these kids.”
Check out the video for more on the combine: