Head Coaches in all sports have seen a dramatic spike in pay raise throughout the last decade. College basketball is no different. The following is a list of the top 10 highest paid coaches in college basketball.
- Mike Krzyzewski (Duke) $7,299,666
- John Calipari (Kentucky) $6,875, 376
- Sean Miller (Arizona) $4,945,644
- Bill Self (Kansas) $4,943,776
- Tom Izzo (Michigan State) $ $4,150,359
- Bob Huggins (West Virginia) 3,340,000
- Jamie Dixon (Pittsburgh) $3,234,437 (Now Head Coach at TCU-Salary unavailable)
- Tom Crean (Indiana) $3,152,867
- Gregg Marshall (Wichita State) $3,130,000
- Kevin Ollie (Connecticut) $3,100,000
After viewing this list there is a big drop-off in salary after Krzyzewski and Calipari, the number 1 and 2 highest paid coaches, respectfully. Jamie Dixon is now the head coach at TCU so his salary was based on this past season while he was at Pittsburgh. The salaries among these 10 coaches just goes to show how much money is in college basketball.
With hundreds of millions of dollars through television deals, sports apparel companies, etc.. colleges are more than willing to pay big money for coaches who can win. Expect more college coaches throughout the country to command big salaries if they win. As the old saying goes “winning cures everything”. Every coach on this top 10 list are all accomplished who win a lot of basketball games and have their teams among the nation’s elite.
NBA DRAFT DEADLINE IS MAY 25
May 25th is an important day for everybody involved in college and NBA basketball. It is the day when players who have declared for the NBA Draft without hiring an agent have to decide whether they will remain in the draft or go back to college. The rule includes allowing players to work out for NBA scouts in order to gauge their draft standing.
Since 2009, the deadline to declare for the NBA Draft used to be in April, however it was changed this year. We believe this was an excellent idea as it gives college players more time to make a potential life making decision. You can be sure college coaches will be holding their breath hoping their players return to college. We have a couple more weeks to see how it plays out.
TITLE GAME HERO JENKINS TO RETURN TO VILLANOVA
The 2016 Men’s National Champion, the Villanova Wildcats got good news this past week. Junior Forward Kris Jenkins has announced that he will return to school for his senior season. Jenkins will be forever part of Villanova lore as he made the game winning 3-point shot at the buzzer to beat North Carolina in the National Championship. Jenkins averaged 13.6pts, 3.9reb, 2.2ast per game for the Wildcats last season. He will be the leader as the Wildcats prepare to defend their title. Jay Wright must be ecstatic that his talented forward has decided to return.
KENNEDY MEEKS TO RETURN TO NORTH CAROLINA
6’9″ PF/C Kennedy Meeks will hold off on the NBA for another season and return to the Tarheels. The talented big-man averaged 9.2pts and 5.9 rebounds for the national runner-up. Meeks battled injuries this past season as he misses 7 games with a knee injury. UNC Head Coach Roy Williams will hope Meeks can return to his sophomore form when he played very well. He will be one of the leaders for the Tarheels next season as they lose PG Marcus Paige and PF Brice Johnson, among a few others.
#1 RECRUITING CLASS FOR 2016
Through our previous editions of “College Weekly Live” we have had detailed summaries of the top 10 recruiting classes for 2016. Today’s edition bring us to the number 1 recruiting class. Here is our detailed class summary of the Kentucky Wildcats.
COMMITTED PLAYERS: (#’s next to players name indicates national ranking)
#5: De’AaRON FOX PG
#6: MALIK MONK SG
#7: BAM ADEBAYO PF
#17: WENYEN GABRIEL PF
#26: SACHA KILLEYA-JONES PF
CLASS SUMMARY: There are analysts and fans who have questioned Kentucky Head Coach John Calipari’s coaching during the years. However, there is nothing that can be questioned about his ability to recruit top level players into his program. It is astonishing that year in and year out the level of talent that he brings to Lexington. This is year is no different as he once again has landed the top ranked recruiting class in college basketball. All 5 of his recruits are universally ranked among the top 30 high school players for the class of 2016.
Calipari has made it no secret that he recruits players who are expected to be one and done college players. High school players who have the desire to play in the NBA know that he will get them ready. Leading this years class are a pair of electrifying guards. De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk will be starting from day 1.
The 6’3″ Fox will remind some UK fans of John Wall. He is a dynamic PG and will run the UK offense. Malik Monk is a 6’4″ SG from Arkansas and of all the players we have done scouting reports on he is possibly the most athletic. He is a human highlight reel. Monk, Fox, and sophomore to be Isaiah Briscoe will form perhaps the best back-court in college basketball next season. Briscoe has put his name into the 2016 NBA Draft, however we expect him to return to Kentucky. It would be a wise decision on his part.
Bam Adebayo already has the look of a college upperclassman and will immediately help the Wildcats front-court. Calipari couldn’t have been pleased by the performance of his front-court last season and hit the recruiting trail hard and landed impact players, which includes Adebayo. Highly touted but disappointing PF/C Skal Labissiere entered the draft and is expected to remain in it.
PF’s Wenyen Gabriel and Sacha Killeya-Jones will also play significant minutes this upcoming year. Gabriel plays with extremely high energy and Killeya-Jones has the ability to play inside as well as on the perimeter, which is impressive considering he is 6’10”.
As we previously mentioned Calipari is a master recruiter. What he doesn’t get enough credit for is his ability to get all these high school All-Americans to buy into his system and play together. Very rarely do you see unselfish players on a John Calipari coached team. This class has a chance to rival the 2011 Kentucky recruiting class that provided Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, among others. These players are that talented. Only time will tell if they can win the National Championship like that class did.
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