Mark Story says Billy Gillispie among top five most successful coaches in men’s college basketball


Creepy GillispieFrom Mark Story of the Lexington Herald-Leader:  “…five players signed for UK by  have now been chosen in the past three drafts.  Besides Miller, Billy G. signees Josh Harrellson and both went in the second round of the 2011 draft and Patrick Patterson and both were first-round picks in 2010.  Those five Gillispie recruits taken in the past three drafts mean Billy G. ranks ahead of coaching luminaries such as Billy Donovan (three), Thad Matta (three), Tom Izzo (one), Tubby Smith (one) and Rick Pitino (one) in the number of players he signed who have gone on to become picks in the past three drafts.  It’s interesting to speculate on how many of the “Gillispie five” would have been NBA draft choices if Billy G. had not been removed as head man in favor, ultimately, of the more-accomplished Calipari.”


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