By LARRY VAUGHT
Sometimes John Calipari has a strange choice of words when he has a point to make.
He did it again Sunday during Kentucky’s meet-and-greet day with fans when he got to talking about the NBA draft.
Kentucky had two lottery picks — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Kevin Knox — along with two second-round picks — Jarred Vanderbilt and Hamidou Diallo.
“If you told us when we lost four straight games (during the season) that we were going to have four guys drafted, and the fifth guy (Wenyen Gabriel) be signed by the Sacramento Kings when the draft ended, you would’ve said “he’s smoking crack, something is wrong with this guy,'” Calipari said.
He’s probably right. Not sure anyone really saw two lottery picks coming for Kentucky. Remember, Gilgeous-Alexander was the least regarded player in Kentucky’s 2017 recruiting class and he ended up as a lottery pick.
“For these guys to go in the lottery, two others be drafted, one of those they traded down to get him in the second round. It’s kinda neat,” Calipari said. “I told these guys it’s not easy, but being here, you’re going to have that opportunity.”