John Calipari: 'If an NBA team would lie to me, you’re not coming in my gym'


SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Scott Gleeson fills you in on which prospects are impressing at the NBA draft combine in Chicago.

CHICAGO — Consider Kentucky coach John Calipari in fact-finding mode.

This year, as he does most every year, Cal has several prospects taking part in the NBA draft combine in Chicago. Here, their measurements will be scrutinized, their interviews parsed, their value assessed.

His two best prospects, both freshmen, are guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and stretch forward Kevin Knox. Both have excellent length and are likely lottery picks. Calipari said he helps those players in terms of finding accurate information about their potential draft range only if their agents want it.

But it’s the leverage Calipari uses for Kentucky’s other prospects, such as guard Hamidou Diallo and forward PJ Washington, that’s his biggest benefit at this stage. Washington, for instance, measured well at the combine and had a double-double in Thursday’s 5-on-5 action.  

“PJ really helped himself, so…

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