On Friday, the John Calipari project kicked off in Lexington, Ky., and for those around the NBA, that meant an awkward combination of eager looks and knowing shrugs.

In all, ESPN said more than 90 NBA scouts and personnel executives were on hand for the opening Kentucky practices, to which Calipari and the Wildcats extended invitations for all 30 teams. All were represented, even though many groused about the formality of it.

Still, there was good reason for the show. Kentucky has nine All-Americans on the roster, and depending on which players enter which drafts, there could be as many as 10 first-rounders playing for Calipari this year.