By LARRY VAUGHT
Sporting News columnist Mike DeCourcy understands the concern Kentucky fans have about top players not picking UK. However, he’s also perplexed about why top players, especially big guys, would go anywhere else.
“It astonishes me when a big guy Kentucky wants does not go to Kentucky given Kentucky’s success over the last decade with bigs,” said DeCourcy.
He listed DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, Karl-Anthony Towns, Nerlens Noel, Willie Cauley-Stein and Bam Adebyo as players who have flourished playing for Calipari.
“It amazes me that anybody with the talent Wiseman has would roll the dice to go play for a guy that has coached (college basketball) for a month,” DeCourcy said. “I respect Penny. I lived in Memphis and know how that basketball program matters to the city. But James moved to Memphis. He’s not a life-long Memphian. I think he is taking a chance. He will probably be fine because he’s a terrific talent, but he’s still taking a chance I don’t quite understand.”