His players tell why John Calipari is a Hall of Famer

John Calipari and Andrew Harrison - photo by Bo Morris | Kentucky Sports Review
John Calipari and Andrew Harrison – photo by Bo Morris | Sports Review

If reaction to this week’s induction of John Calipari into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is an accurate guide, Kentucky’s latest star-studded team will unite in purpose and be of one mind.

Several Wildcats on the 2015-16 team noted Calipari’s ability to mesh players, many heralded freshmen accustomed to being thestar, into effective units as one reason the UK coach will be among those formally inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday.

“People probably don’t understand he’s an amazing coach who’s able to get freshmen together,” said during an Aug. 27 interview session staged by UK.

likened Calipari to the late Chuck Daly, who won two championships as coach of the and, most famously, a gold medal with the so-called “Dream Team” of greats in the 1992 Olympics.