On Oct. 11, head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats basketball team John Calipari held an NBA style draft combine practice for all 30 NBA franchises. Fans and players of Kentucky basketball loved the idea as they got to show off their skills in front of scouts and front office personnel. However, many fellow colleges did not feel this was an appropriate way to prepare for the upcoming season. So the question that every college basketball player and fan is thinking about is: Will this college pro day become an annual event that every Division 1 college is going to adopt in the future?
The answer is probably not. Louisville head coach Rick Pitino said, “I’m not sure many programs can get that many pro scouts there. Probably this year, Duke could, but I don’t think anybody besides Duke and Kentucky could get that many pro scouts there for a combine.” Pitino also mentioned that although this was a good marketing idea, “I don’t think anybody besides Duke and Kentucky could get that many pro scouts there for a combine.” Pitino feels it mostly depends on the coaches’ connections and this option is only open to certain teams.
Head coach of Duke Blue Devils basketball Mike Krzyzewski said, “People can do what the heck they want to do. I’m telling you to do it in the sequence, the sequence should be just like football does it. That’s all I’m saying. Just do it in a proper sequence. When it’s implemented I think it would be better if you did it after the season is over. And then it’s equitable.” Krzyzewski likes the idea but would implement it in a different way.
I don’t think there should be one uniform rule. If a certain coach has had a more successful career, and therefore has more connections in the basketball world, then he should be allowed to hold a Pro Day whenever and however he wants. And if other college basketball coaches want a similar combine, then they should have to figure out an innovative way to do so like Calipari did.
Do you think that in 20 years, the majority of college basketball teams will have some kind of Pro Day like college football teams do?