Posted: Oct 7, 2010 5:18 PM by Alan Cutler
Updated: Oct 7, 2010 5:56 PM
John Calipari took some heat when a record five Cats were drafted in the first round of the 2010 NBA draft. He talked about how it was one of the greatest feats in UK's glorious history. What those who ripped him failed to consider is how important the draft was in recruiting.
"That was a big part of my recruitment was Coach Cal got a lot of players to the NBA," said incoming freshman Doron Lamb. "He told me that during the season they were going to leave. So that's why I came here. He said there would be ten open spots."
You grow up in New York City fast. The All-American guard admits that it wasn't easy staying out of trouble.
"It's hard to keep on staying out of trouble. There's a lot of bad things in New York City," said Lamb. "I don't live in a bad neighborhood, but it's hard to survive so, it's just hard."
It can also be difficult taking some of the ribbing you get about your mother. In the sixth grade, Lamb's mother took him to the playground to show him the floating shot he now uses. At the time, Lamb was short and needed some help with his game.
"Yeah. Everyone was laughing at me when my Mom was showing me around basketball, but hey it worked," said Lamb."
At first, Lamb didn't think his mother knew what she was talking about. He started putting up 100 shots a day, and the rest, as they say, is history.
To Cal. Their first meeting wasn't what you might expect. "First time I saw him I was a fan," said Lamb. "I was in shock when I saw him. It was really him. Now, I see him all the time. He's my coach now. He's just Coach."
Lamb became a fan of Cal while he was in Memphis. His star guard, Derrick Rose, has attracted a lot of players to him. "Derrick Rose. When they went to the (NCAA) Championship and lost. I was rooting for him," said Lamb. "I like how they played. I liked the offense and what he did with guards. He gets guards to the NBA. So, that's what I'm trying to do."
Pump out first-rounders and the talent will continue to spend some time in Lexington.
Lamb's game plan is obvious. Spend four years in Lexington unless the NBA says "We Want You."