Who is John Calipari?
To his devotees, he is one of college basketball’s greatest coaches. To his detractors, he represents everything wrong with college sports.
Somewhere in between lies one of the most compelling and complicated figures in American sports, and ESPN Films’ new 30 for 30 “One and Not Done” (tonight, ESPN, 9 p.m. ET) will reveal what really drives the University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach.
Front Row features an exclusive clip from the film above.
Director Jonathan Hock (“Of Miracles and Men,” “Survive and Advance,” “The Best That Never Was”) followed Coach Calipari behind the scenes and also sat down with some of the players whose lives Calipari changed, including Marcus Camby, Derrick Rose, Anthony Davis and John Wall.
In the video below, Wall, who played for Kentucky for one year before entering the 2010 NBA draft and being picked first overall, told Front Row exclusively what his favorite 30 for 30 documentary was. His answer won’t surprise anyone!
ESPN senior college basketball writer Andy Katz, who was interviewed for the documentary, added: “John Calipari has consistently had a tremendous relationship with his players and that kinship comes through in ‘One and Not Done.’ When you see how many former players showed up for his Hall of Fame induction it should indicate the loyalty among his players to him and each other. The film gives a deeper look into his rise to Hall of Fame status, defeating the odds to become a national champion and one of the most intriguing coaches of his generation.”
Collin Fleming and Taylor Garrett produced the John Wall video.