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  • Cal talks about missing on Zion.

    Calipari: I didn't know Zion would be this good

    4:05 PM CT

    • Jeff BorzelloESPN Staff Writer

    Kentucky was one of the finalists in Zion Williamson's recruitment -- but even John Calipari didn't expect this type of freshman season from the Duke star.

    "We recruited Zion. I probably missed him a little bit," Calipari said Friday on The Dan Patrick Show. "I knew he was going to be good, I didn't know he was going to this good. I knew he could dominate, but not like he's done."

    Williamson chose Duke over Kentucky, Clemson, North Carolina and South Carolina back in January 2018, in a recruitment that went down to the wire. EDITOR'S PICKS


    Calipari had a front-row seat for Williamson's college debut in November, when the South Carolina native finished with 28 points and seven rebounds in Duke's 118-84 win over Kentucky.

    "And when we played against him, I walked off the court and said, 'I missed on another one!'" Calipari said on Patrick's show. "I knew he'd be good ... the kid's off the chain."

    Last week, Calipari discussed how he went to see Tyler Herro instead of Williamson on one recruiting trip during the 2018 recruiting cycle. Herro had decommitted from Wisconsin and quickly become a Kentucky priority, so Calipari and assistant coach Kenny Payne went to see Herro, while assistant coach Joel Justus went to see Williamson.

    "When you're doing what I do and as hard as this is here and as much as you have to do in a short period of time, you don't have a whole lot of time for B.S.," Calipari said, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. "You just don't. You have to keep it real. The only kind of guys that really will be into that are the guys that really want to play for us. ... The word came back that that was the case with Tyler."

  • #2
    Cal missed on becoming the greatest failure of all time. When you recruit the best basketball player in the history or mankind anything less than a NCAA ChAMPIONSHIP IS A FAILURE, that award now goes to Coach K...
    I can spell, blame it on my not so smart smart phone, makes up it's own words as it goes.....

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    • #3
      This “win the tournament or you’re a failure” stuff is dumb.

      Teams can have incredible assemblies of talent and still come up short or have weaknesses.
      When he was a kid Lord, he never imagined all the ways that the city could bring a country boy down.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Dwight Schrute View Post
        This “win the tournament or you’re a failure” stuff is dumb.

        Teams can have incredible assemblies of talent and still come up short or have weaknesses.
        How K used the amazing talent at his disposal en route to a loss is the driver of the "biggest failure in history" narrative. It ins't just that they lost.
        Jordan Peterson is my spirit animal...

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        • #5
          It's bad when a company pays for a kid to go somewhere then get him cheap shoes.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by 40bill View Post
            It's bad when a company pays for a kid to go somewhere then get him cheap shoes.
            😳😳😳

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            Cal talks about missing on Zion.

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