UK recruit Teague not moved by Calipari criticism
Words. Jason Jordan
Pike High (Ind.) star guard Marquis Teague said that he “wasn’t moved at all” by Bobby Knight’s comments about Kentucky head coach John Calipari during a fundraiser for the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame last week.
Teague, a Top-10 player in the Class of 2011, is UK’s top target in recruiting as they look for John Wall‘s eventual replacement.
Knight sparked a lot of controversy when he said the following: “We’ve gotten into this situation where integrity is really lacking, and that’s why I’m glad I’m not coaching. You see we’ve got a coach at Kentucky who put two schools on probation, and he’s still coaching. I really don’t understand that.”
To be fair, Knight’s statement wasn’t completely accurate. Though the NCAA forced both Memphis (’08) and Massachusetts (’96) to vacate their Final Four appearances for infractions made on Calipari’s watch, he was not implicated in either case. Memphis is appealing the penalty.
“I’ve never looked at Coach Cal negatively,” said Teague, whose older brother Jeff Teague plays for the Atlanta Hawks. “I just look at him as a great coach who sends his players to the NBA. There’s nothing negative about him in my eyes.”
Teague conceded to being aware of the negative assumptions and speculation surrounding Calipari, and said that Knight’s comments “wasn’t something I’ve never heard before.”
“I mean of course I heard all about the Derrick Rose stuff, but he (Calipari) didn’t have anything to do with that,” said Teague. “I definitely respect Coach Knight, but I can only go off of what my experience has been. And everything has been fine.”
In addition to Kentucky, Teague is also considering Louisville, Wake Forest, Indiana, Purdue, Cincinnati and Ohio State.
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