- South Carolina Gamecocks - January 21, 2017 - Rupp Arena - 6:00 PM EST - ESPN
I want everything for our kids. I want them to achieve success on the court, to become the best version of themselves, to be drafted in the best position, to be the best players in the NBA and eventually earn their degrees. I truly want each of them to be the best of the best.
This morning, as I looked back on the NBA Draft, I tried to put things in the right perspective. The goal is to be drafted. I want all of my guys to be drafted in the top 10 picks, and when they’re not I’m disappointed. But by being drafted, each player can prove themselves to an NBA team. If they’re not drafted, like Alex, now it’s time to pick the right team like Aaron Harrison did, and prove yourself in the summer league. I think Orlando is a good landing spot for him.
The bottom line is this: NBA teams may miss some in the draft, but very rarely do they miss in evaluating players playing in the NBA. There’s too much data and too many comparable players for them to miss.
At the end of the day, every one of our kids has an opportunity to reach their dreams, and that’s what we’re in the business of doing. In high school, the dream was to play college ball. At Kentucky, they dream of winning a national championship, league titles and going undefeated. Now, as they move on to the next stage, it’s to win a world championship.
As I said last night, I’m so proud of each of our kids for how much work they’ve put in, and I am so excited to watch them as their careers continue to grow.
Thinking about my friend George Lapides