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A “players-first” coach with a penchant for helping people reach their dreams, John Calipari has guided five teams to the Final Four, led one to a national championship and helped 29 players make it to the NBA during his 22-year college coaching career. Coach Cal, who just completed his fifth season at the helm of the Kentucky basketball program, reached the mountaintop in his third year in Lexington, guiding Kentucky to its eighth national championship and his first national title. In becoming only the second coach in NCAA history to lead three different schools to the Final Four, he has racked up nearly 600 victories, 15 NCAA Tournament appearances, five Final Fours and numerous national coach of the year honors. Calipari has sent 31 players to the NBA, including a record five first-round picks in the 2010 NBA Draft and a record six picks in the 2012 NBA Draft. He's coached three No. 1 overall picks, more than any other coach. His foundation, The Calipari Foundation, has raised millions of dollars millions of dollars to help the lives of those in need in the Commonwealth and across the country. Calipari is author of the New York Times Best Seller "Players First: Coaching from the Inside Out."
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Earlier in the week, Kentucky head coach John Calipari eluded to the fact that he is often most nervous each year at the NBA Draft. In that sense, Thursday’s NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., could not have been good for Coach Cal’s stomach. When all the dust settled, Jamal Murray was selected seventh overall to the Denver Nuggets, Skal Labissiere went 28th to the Sacramento Kings via a trade with the Phoenix Suns (it should be noted no trades are official on draft day, and are only proposals), and Tyler Ulis was nabbed by the Suns with the 34th pick.