Calipari's advantage for losing early: Free nights for recruiting

John Calipari coached Kentucky to a rout of UCLA, then took in his son's prep victory hours later on Sunday — USA Today Sports Images

Calipari's advantage for losing early: Free nights for recruiting

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Calipari's advantage for losing early: Free nights for recruiting

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John Calipari coached Kentucky to a rout of UCLA, then took in his son's prep victory hours later on Sunday — USA Today Sports Images

John Calipari (Photo: USA TODAY Sports Images)

Give Kentucky coach John Calipari this: The man doesn’t rest much. Or perhaps at all.

Three days after his team was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament by Indiana, Calipari was back on the road, taking in a high school game in New Jersey to scout and recruit top prospects in the Class of 2017 and 2018.

As noted on Twitter by Julius Kim and Jeff Borzello, among others, Calipari was in attendance at Roselle Catholic to see Andre Rafus, a 6-foot-8, 185-pound junior swingman, and Nazreon “Naz” Reid, a 6-foot-8 power forward considered one of the top prospects in 2018, at Roselle Catholic. The New Jersey school is a known hunting ground for Calipari, who recruited current Kentucky guard Isaiah Briscoe from there in 2015. The visit was part of a larger recruiting trip to the Northeast, and New Jersey in particular, according to Kentucky Sports Radio.

Rafus and Reid were out of season with the Lions, but that makes them all the more willing recipients of a visit from Calipari at their school. You can see highlights of Rafus in action above and Reid below.

It’s possible the Kentucky coach would have been there in person even if the Wildcats were preparing for another Sweet 16 game, but that seems highly unlikely. Rather, Coach Cal is making the most out of misfortune, and trying to ensure that he won’t be sitting on the sidelines again next March. It’s the only advantage he gets from a premature (by his standards) loss, and it’s no surprise that he’s using it to the fullest.

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