Final Four shows importance of now

Niels Giffey, now in his second Final Four, one more improbable than the other, is probably headed to Germany when his tenure at Connecticut is over. He played with the national team there this summer and learned that being in a hurry for what's next isn't all it's cracked up to be.

"This is just a great opportunity to grow as a person and a player on a different level, where it's not all about business or all about money,'' Giffey said. "I talked to the guys [on the national team] and they told me all the time of stories, so I was really happy with all of my decisions that I made to play for four years and not go overseas.''

Giffey made a pitch, too, for more players to consider four-year careers but that's as naïve as the thought that there is no money in college sports.

And it's also irrelevant.

"First of all, does a player have to be here for four years to be a terrific college player?'' Kentucky coach John Calipari asked.

No, coach, he doesn't.

Anthony Davis' carbon footprint at Kentucky may not be as lasting as Jon Hood's, but his sneaker mark on that program and that university will last forever.

Which brings us to this Kentucky five. In all likelihood this weekend is their collegiate swan song.

The personification of a season that has been all about freshmen, the kiddie Cats have dominated the conversation this season, for worse early and for better late.

Chances are they will all gather at a table in New York in June, walk on stage in tailored suits, stand next to NBA commissioner Adam Silver, and don new caps signifying their new team affiliation.

As quickly as they came together at Kentucky, poof! They will spread across NBA rosters next.

The Wildcats are not your 8-seed Villanova story. These Cinderellas are wearing Manolo Blahniks, but what Kentucky has done in the past three weeks is no less remarkable. And they ought to be remembered for it.

The moments are fleeting enough.

Let's at least enjoy them.

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