Tuesday, March 15, 2016

John Calipari Doesn't Rank Very High on the Coaches as Players List

ESPN has ranked all the coaches in the NCAA Tournament as basketball players.

The list is topped by Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie, who started four seasons for the Huskies in college and had a long NBA career.

Kentucky head coach John Calipari ranks pretty low on the list.

Here's an excerpt:

44. John Calipari, Kentucky Wildcats -- Calipari started his career at UNC Wilmington, scoring 29 points during the 1979-80 season before transferring to Division II Clarion, closer to his native Western Pennsylvania. Calipari was a starter at point guard for the Golden Eagles, averaging 5.3 points and 5.3 assists during his senior season.

Some other names you will recognize:

35. Tubby Smith, Texas Tech Red Raiders -- Smith starred at Great Mills High in Southern Maryland, and nearly played at Maryland but had a scholarship offer revoked at the 11th hour by new coach Lefty Driesell. He instead attended then-NAIA High Point, where he scored 1,589 points over four seasons -- numbers that continue to rank in the Panthers' top 10.

59. Steve Prohm, Iowa State Cyclones -- Prohm was a three-year letterman at Northwest Whitfield High in Tunnel Hill, Georgia -- his claim to fame was hitting a half-court shot to win a game as a senior -- and played briefly at the Division III level at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. Prohm subsequently transferred to Alabama, where he became a manager and student assistant.

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Photo: UNC Wilmington Athletics

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