Calipari cancels "one-and-done" platoon system
05/06/2015 05:37 PM
John Calipari has made it official.
The platoon system is a “one-and-done” at Kentucky.
After Willie Cauley-Stein, the Harrison Twins, and others player unexpectedly returned to the Wildcats after the 2014 championship game, Coach Cal found himself with possibly the deepest and most talented roster in school history
On the down side, though, he was suddenly tasked with splitting limited minutes between 10 equally-deserving players.
His solution: platooning.
It was an unprecedented — and oft-criticized — move that brought Kentucky historic results, including the first ever 38-0 start in NCAA history and a record seven players declaring for the NBA Draft after the end of the season.
In a personal essay he released on Tuesday at CoachCal.com, the Hall of Fame coach said he’s proud of what his team accomplished while sharing and sacrificing minutes last season. But he added his players will always come first, and for that reason, the platoon system won’t be coming back.
Several segments from the piece were posted on Calipari’s official Twitter account Tuesday morning.
If you ask me if I’m ever going to platoon again, my answer is NO. Last season was an absolute outlier. http://t.co/iQ49xjXmJq— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 5, 2015
I’m happy we were able to make the platoon work for every player this year.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 5, 2015
By this summer we will have had 26 guys in six years drafted, potentially 13 lottery picks and maybe three No. 1 draft picks.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 5, 2015
As we go forward, we’re going to continue to care about kids and every decision we make will be based on them. http://t.co/iQ49xjXmJq— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 5, 2015
KSTV discussed both the pros and cons of the platoon system, how it affected last year’s team, and what to expect for next season now that it’s gone.