DESTIN, Fla. — If Georgia basketball fans are looking for a vote of confidence, they need only look north to Kentucky.
Wildcats coach John Calipari said Wednesday at the SEC Spring Meetings that the Georgia basketball head coaching position is a top-3 job in the league.
Calipari said he believes new Georgia coach Tom Crean will be good for the league, too.
“I’ve known Tom for years when he was at Indiana and before then at Marquette,” Calipari said. “I’m happy for him that he has an opportunity because Georgia is a great job, not a good job. It’s a great job.
“It’s got to be one of the top-3 jobs in our league.”
Calipari, when pressed as to why he thought so highly of the Georgia job, had no problem rattling of his reasons.
“Where it is, the facilities that it has, the school is unbelievable,” Calipari said. “There’s a range of student-athletes you can get. You can get the best and the brightest. They have every major, the campus is one of those places where the kids are proud to be there.
“You have Atlanta to recruit to, and they’ve re-done the facilities except the visitors locker room has a piece of wood with hooks in it, and that’s our locker room for the visitors.”
The Bulldogs have made just one NCAA Tournament appearance in the past seven years, most recently in 2015. The last time Georgia advanced to the Sweet 16 was 1996.
Calipari said Arkansas, Florida or Tennessee would be among the schools he would consider as other top jobs.