So we all know how Calipari has dominated the recruiting circuit, and has established himself as one who gets his players to the NBA. In today's world of recruiting, rarely do prospects plan to stay (if they're "elite") more than 2 years. They all want their name called at the draft, and to get that money. But as you are starting to see, it's coming back to bite some of them. Look no further than some of the players who left Kentucky, and are now being sent to the D-League.
I get that these guys want to get that paycheck, to support their families, and live their dream. And I also totally understand the fear of coming back to school for another year, and having the unthinkable happen in a career-ending injury. The D-League doesn't mean it'll be the end of their careers by any means, but if they stayed in college maybe a year, or two longer, those players seem to adjust easier, and come more prepared.
He's the perfect coach (Cali) if you want to get notoriety and the exposure, but in most cases, players like Rose, and Davis, Wall, etc. were going to great players in the NBA regardless where they went to school. I think some of these players are so caught up in the hype, they get bad advising from those close around them, and leave too early.
It's not the first time, and surely won't be the last, but I hope these players coming up in the high school ranks, to notice at the trend lately with the one-and-dones. I've always firmly felt that if you're good enough for the league, the league will be there even if you decide to hold off for a year or two. I also have never had a check of a couple million in my grasp, so what do I know.
Here's an article from zags, talking about 3 Kentucky players, who left early, were 1st-rounders, and now are being shipped to the D-League. I'm not saying "well, if they stayed their NBA career would have been better", but I think you see more times then less, the juniors and seniors who stay and get further coaching at the college level, are more NBA-ready than those who bounce early.