When Darnell Dodson was dismissed from the team in August, coach John Calipari said the door was not closed on a possible return. On October 14 Calipari removed all doubt when he said that Dodson was “no longer here.”
Just a few hours after that announcement Dodson was arrested for disorderly conduct. No details were released. In a blinding flash of the obvious, I’m taking a wild guess that the two events are somehow related.
Calipari also indicated that Dodson was receiving a full release and was free to transfer and begin playing right away. And make no mistake about it, a lot of teams will want him. Maybe not a team with as a high profile as Kentucky but Dodson can be the leading scorer for any one of a number of hungry Division I schools out there if he plays his cards right.
As to the ‘what’ and ‘why’, it’s all speculation. Dodson and Calipari are two of the very few people that know the full story and they aren’t saying. It’s certainly a shame that a player with Dodson’s talent was unable to capitalize on the opportunity he was given at Kentucky, but I for one, only wish him the best in his future and I wouldn’t suppose for a moment that his future still can’t be a bright one.
Dodson arrived at Kentucky as a junior college transfer at the same time as John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Daniel Orton and Eric Bledose. It was tough for Dodson to earn meaningful minutes on a consistent basis playing with a team filled with future NBA 1st rounders.
Dodson is talented, however. It’s highly possible that he could have been one of the team’s stars in the Billy Gillispie era or in the last few years of the Tubby Smith era. Darnell Dodson can still be the star someplace and I hope someone close to him can sit him down and explain that to him.
Dodson is at a critical stage in his life. He is very young and still very talented. He needs to view these events as a road “bump” in his career, not a road “block.” With the right guidance Dodson can pick himself up, dust himself off and begin again, this time with much more success. With the wrong frame of mind, he could find himself wallowing in self-pity and ruin other opportunities that could lay ahead.
Dodson’s future is in his own hands, Best of luck Darnell.