Cal: No ‘brainwashing’ when players make stay-or-go decisions

Kentucky Coach John Calipari downplayed his role when players make the decision of whether to return to UK for another season or enter the NBA Draft.

“I literally spend five minutes with them,” Calipari said of meetings he has with players facing such a decision.

There’s no exhaustive “brainwashing” involved in the meeting, he said.

As he did earlier this off season, Calipari mentioned his surprise that Willie Cauley-Stein chose to return to UK next season.

“I thought Willie was leaving,” said Calipari, who said he offered Cauley-Stein a congratulatory thank-you after Kentucky’s season-ending loss to Connecticut in the NCAA Tournament championship game.