John Calipari left his coaching colleagues in awe of his first recruiting class at Kentucky.
Getting John Wall, Eric Bledsoe, DeMarcus Cousins and Darnell Dodson to join him after recruiting them at one point for Memphis, and getting Daniel Orton to stay after he originally signed with former coach Billy Gillispie, is considered one of the greatest spring signing hauls of all time.
“Cal’s situation is unique,” friend and Indiana coach Tom Crean said on the end of the spring signing period Wednesday. “He had relationships with them. It’s a heck of a thing. But like us at Indiana, he had the magic words to sell: real opportunity.”