Here’s the thing, many people across the college basketball landscape left Coach Cal and the Kentucky Wildcats out to die after a rare bad season. Yet, that didn’t stop the Hall Of Fame Coach, John Calipari from building a super team during the offseason, a super team that could in fact rival the one from 2012 when the Wildcats last won the National Championship in New Orleans.
Unlike some across College Basketball, Coach Cal didn’t make any excuses. He owned up to last season and took a shot across the bow of the boat and promised a return to glory, and quite honestly didn’t give a damn about what others had to say about last season. Instead of the excuses and blaming the lack of an off-season due to COVID, Coach Cal just said screw it and let’s rebuild our program. Cal went out this off-season brought back Orlando Antigua from Illinois, and brought Chin Coleman with him. Orlando Antigua played a huge role in the building and coaching of that 2012 National Championship team, Chin Coleman is known as one of the best recruiters in the game of college basketball.
For the first time in over five years, John Calipari has his swagger back and that’s scary when you’re a fan of another school. Usually when Coach Cal is this fired up during the offseason, it means the following year will be breakout season for whatever program he’s in charge of. It happened at UMASS, Memphis, and now Kentucky, it’s almost like Coach Cal enjoys being doubted and left for dead in the world of College Basketball. Before rallying his teams and going on an impressive war path across College Basketball. With the coaching hires, kids brought in, and kids staying, it’s easy to understand why Cal is so fired up to return back to the hardwood for the 2021-2022 College Basketball season.
Without any final roster announcements, the potential roster for next year is almost unheard of when you really dive into the thick of it. Kentucky has several guys returning including fan favorites Keion Brooks, and Dontaie Allen. On top of that, Kentucky has added several transfer players, and as always have brought in one of the top ranked recruiting classes in the country. Sure, Kentucky might have suffered their worst basketball season in school history, but with a roster this talented coming in, it’s hard not to take notice of what Coach Cal is building in Lexington.
Here’s the truth, no matter how bad Kentucky is, players will always come to Lexington to play for the Wildcats, it doesn’t the Coach, the year, or any of that nonsense, and quite honestly, Coach Cal has figured that out and used it to his advantage. Now, if Kentucky and Coach Cal have another season like they did last year then fans across the Commonwealth will start their heated conversations about getting rid of John Calipari and replacing him with a much younger coach like Nate Oats from Alabama, or even a Jay Wright from Villanova.
For Coach Cal and the Kentucky Wildcats, the 2021-2022 season is a season that will be about nothing less than redemption and showing the entire College Basketball world that the program in Lexington is still alive, and sits highs atop the College Basketball mountaintop. It won’t be easy for Coach Cal and his Wildcats to take the College Basketball world by storm this season because the gap between the blue bloods and the rest of College Basketball has drastically shortened which leads us to a more exciting brand of College Basketball. If Kentucky
So as we approach a new College Basketball season, it’s important to remember that just because programs like Duke and Kentucky had incredibly terrible seasons last year, those programs are far from dead and the rest of the College Basketball should be mindful of those program heading into a new season.