No basketball program in the country has had more success adapting to the one-and-done era of the college game than Kentucky under John Calipari. Lexington has become the closest thing to an NBA factory in the nation, with an assembly line backed up with 5-star one-and-dones headed for the league.
The Pelicans are now Kentucky South following the addition of DeMarcus Cousins, who will team up with All-Star MVP Anthony Davis in the Big Easy. Colin isn’t thrilled with the move because he thinks Cousins has proven to be a toxic locker room presence, despite his immense talent. Ultimately, the Pelicans have nothing to lose because they’re mired in NBA irrelevancy; so why not?.
The hype surrounding the Cousins move also got Colin thinking about what Kentucky’s NBA imprint has been compared to other top programs. It’s not impressive.
When compared to other historically great college basketball brands like North Carolina and UCLA, the Wildcats’ NBA resume is a joke. If you go through the list of all-time Bruins and Tar Heels greats, they not only have stacks of NBA titles, but also include some of the greatest players in the history of the game. They’ve got Jabbar, Worthy and Jordan. Who does Kentucky have? Jamal Mashburn? Pat Riley? Dan Issel?
“It’s the University of Underwhelming at Lexington. I’ve got multiple busts, start with Sam Bowie. Multiple guys that couldn’t get their act together, even though they have all sorts of talent. Name your pick, DeMarcus Cousins, who is a profoundly gifted player.
It has always been the one university in the empirical brands of college sports that hasn’t done it at the pro level. You can tell the NBA story without Kentucky.”
Colin doesn’t even have Rasheed Wallace in his all-time UNC starting five, but he’d rank him ahead of anyone who’s played in Lexington.
“Rasheed Wallace would be Kentucky’s best player ever in the pros.”
Maybe one of the current Wildcats in the NBA will prove Colin wrong, and carry a team and win in the NBA, but they haven’t done it yet. He’s still waiting.
Here’s Colin’s full rant, today in The Herd:
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) February 20, 2017