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BOZICH | Krzyzewski liked -- and disliked -- Calipari's NBA combine

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Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is fine with an NBA combine -- after the season. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is fine with an NBA combine -- after the season.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WDRB) – Even when the University of Kentucky basketball team is not in the building, Kentucky basketball is in the conversation.

On Wednesday, at Atlantic Coast Conference basketball media day, it was inevitable that somebody would ask Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski for his thoughts on the scouting combine UK coach John Calipari had for nearly 100 scouts in Lexington.

Coach K is Coach K. People wanted his opinion on everything – from the San Antonio Spurs to the North Carolina's academic scandal to a quicker shot clock.

Krzyzewski is one of the few guys who can recruit prospects with recruiting profiles as dazzling as the guys Calipari recruits. Like Calipari, Krzyzewski has nine McDonald's all-Americans on his roster. Some recruiting services say Duke's current four-member freshman class, led by center Jahlil Parker, is the best freshman class in the country.

Krzyzewski likes Calipari's idea of a combine.

Krzyzewski did not like the timing of the combine. Coach K said any pro combines should be scheduled in April, after the season, not in October, before the season begins.

“Those things (combines) have been talked about with the NBA, (by) a collection of a small group of us,” Krzyzewski said. “As coaches (we) have talked about how, in an ad-hoc capacity, not a committee. Just to talk about how we might improve dates of entry, combines, things like that, which would help youngsters.

“I do think if you're doing anything with the pros you do it after your college season.

“We have pro scouts come in to every one of our practices. We had four yesterday. We had eight one day and whatever.”

Call Krzyzewski old-fashioned. Call him a coach protecting his turf. Call him envious. Call him trying to do the right thing. And never forget that Krzyzewski and Calipari can usually be spotted going Nike-to-Nike for the same players – Alex Poythress, Trey Lyles, Devin Booker, point guard Tyus Jones, Okafor. That list is just a starter set.

Calipari has his world view. Coach K has his.

“I think whatever you do before the season should be getting ready for your college season and it should be marketed as such,” Krzyzewski said.

Somebody asked him if he had an issue with Calipari's combine.

“I don't have any (issue),” he said. “I'm telling you what I think. 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.

“Football has their pro days. I'm not saying we have our pro days. I'm sure Roy (Williams of North Carolina) and I would love and Mark (Gottfried of N.C. State) or ACC coaches in the area, if we said all our seniors or guys that are getting ready for the day, if we bring them together in one area for somebody to watch them

But they're no longer college. We shouldn't circumvent the collegiate process in any way in that regard.

“That's all I'm saying. Just do it in a proper sequence. The idea is a good one. When it's implemented I think it would be better if you did it after the season is over. And then it's equitable. In other words, it's equitable.”

Somebody tried to ask one more follow-up. The questioner was able to deliver five words. One of the words was “probably.” Coach K cut her off.

“It's probably something that I'm through talking about,” Krzyzewski said.

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