John Calipari is at it again. In a trend that’s sure to become common practice at Kentucky, Coach Cal is setting the revolving door of players in motion. Just last week, Cal made sure everyone at the McDonald’s All-American game knew 5 players would be leaving early to turn pro. Yesterday, the school released a statement confirming that John Wall, Demarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson, Daniel Orton, and Eric Bledsoe would in fact be leaving school early.
Unfortunately, this was news to Patrick Patterson and his family according to his mother. Vaught’s Views ran a story with quotes from his mother:
“I found out UK released a statement saying Patrick and the four freshmen are leaving for the NBA and will declare for the draft,” said Tywanna Patterson Wednesday night. “I said, ‘Really, nobody told me.”
“I have a problem with it going out and not being official. It is his decision. He has not declared for the draft and once he does he can’t back out because he declared for the draft last year.”
Tywanna Patterson seems to think Cal did this to help himself out in recruiting and I tend to agree. He does have to replace pretty much an entire team after all. A method Kentucky fans will have to get used to for at least another year or two until he goes to the NBA or leaves because of NCAA allegations.
“Me personally, I think it is Cal’s way to get recruits to commit and wants to make sure they know John (Wall), DeMarcus (Cousins), Daniel (Orton) and Eric (Bledsoe) are gone along with Patrick,” Tywanna Patterson said. “Pat didn’t know they were sending that statement out tonight.”
I’m not saying Patterson will return to school, he’s most definitely gone. The issue here is that it wasn’t Calipari’s decision to make. Patterson obviously wants to think it over a couple more weeks. If that’s what he wants to do, he should be granted that time. If Cal is upset with his players taking their time and it messing with his system, maybe he should change his system.
In my opinion, although this will turn out to be a non-issue, it’s just another example of John Calipari worrying about John Calipari rather than a player or, say a school(s) he left with NCAA punishments and probation.