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Calipari and Pitino Made List Of 15 Best Coaches at Churning out NBA Studs
July 10, 2012By Jon Hancock of KentuckySports.co
Ross Bentley of BleacherReport.Com made a list of College Basketball's 15 Best Coaches at Churning out NBA Studs. Rick Pitino was ranked the 9th best and John Calipari was ranked the best coach at producing NBA talent. For the complete article go HERE.
9. Rick Pitino, Louisville
During his career at Providence, Kentucky and Louisville, Rick Pitino has become not only one of the most respected coaches in the game, but also one of the best at getting players to the pros.
Pitino has coached countless future NBA players. At Kentucky he coached players such as Antoine Walker, Jamal Mashburn and Ron Mercer. At Louisville, current NBA players Terrence Williams, Earl Clark, Samardo Samuels and Francisco Garcia all played under Pitino.
Although he hasn't coached a superstar, Pitino has produced plenty of capable NBA players who went on to have successful pro careers.
1. John Calipari, Kentucky
Say what you want about his previous transgressions, his abrasive attitude or his one-and-done type philosophy, John Calipari is a winner at the college level and he produces top NBA talent at a rapid pace.
Calipari coached Marcus Camby when he was the second overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft out of UMass. At Memphis he coached future MVP and No. 1 overall pick Derrick Rose, as well as Chris Douglas-Roberts, Tyreke Evans and eight other future NBA players.
Since going to Kentucky, his NBA turnout has been unparalleled. In just three seasons, Calipari has produced 15 NBA draft picks, including six in this years draft, which included the first and second overall picks, Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
Other notable players Calipari has coached at Kentucky are former No. 1 pick John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight.
All of which make him the current No. 1 college coach at producing NBA talent, and to be honest, it's not even close.