Kentucky’s John Calipari is known as the college basketball coach that has profited most from the “one and done” rule that forbids high school players from jumping directly to the NBA. The Wildcats attract several five-star prospects on an annual basis and, even if most of them do not stay in Lexington beyond that freshman season, Kentucky has been able to build a brand as something of an NBA factory while utilizing that high-end talent to compete for national titles.
However, Kentucky isn’t the only program making the “one and done” work to its advantage and, in recent years, the Duke Blue Devils have emerged as something of a “1-A” next to Kentucky in battling for virtually all of the top players. In fact, Mike Krzyzewski leaned heavily on freshmen like Justise Winslow and Jahlil Okafor in claiming the 2015 national championship and, in short, Coach K is arguably the most powerful voice in the entire sport.
With that in mind, Krzyzewski sat down with Evan Daniels of Scout on The Sidelines podcast and he put forth an opinion that would probably surprise some people.