Kentucky pro day set for Oct. 8 at Rupp Arena

From UK Athletics:

Kentucky men’s basketball’s annual Pro Day, which provides NBA teams with an up-close look at the current Wildcats’ roster, has been set for Oct. 8 in Rupp Arena.

But it won’t just be NBA teams that get to watch.

Kentucky fans will once again get a sneak peek, as the SEC Network will televise the practice live from 7 to 9 p.m. It’s the fourth consecutive season UK’s Pro Day will be televised. Sean Farnham and Seth Greenberg will be on hand to call the action for the SEC Network.

Kentucky’s annual Pro Day will be held Oct. 8 at Rupp Arena this year. It will be televised by the SEC Network. (photo by Barry Westerman, UK Athletics)

In a new wrinkle this season, this year’s Pro Day will take place in Rupp Arena. The previous three years were held in the Joe Craft Center, UK’s on-campus practice facility.

All 30 NBA teams are invited to the annual Pro Day, where the Wildcats will go through a combine-like practice conducted by Kentucky coaches and staff. Coaches and staff will direct the players through various agility and shooting drills in addition to 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 scrimmaging. All 30 NBA teams were represented during the previous three seasons.

The televised practice will serve as a warm-up before Big Blue Madness, which will take place the following week, on Oct. 13, in Rupp Arena.

Kentucky is coming off a 32-6 season that included both the Southeastern Conference regular-season and tournament championships. The Wildcats will have to replace 92.6 percent of their scoring and 76.6 percent of their rebounding from a year ago, but as John Calipari has done in every season he’s been at UK, he’s reloaded with even more talent.

Calipari will welcome seven newcomers to the 2017-18 roster. The signing class was regarded by the Recruiting Services Consensus Index as the best recruiting haul ever in its rankings.

In addition to the star-studded recruiting class, UK will also welcome back returners Wenyen Gabriel, Sacha Killeya-Jones and Tai Wynyard, in addition to Hamidou Diallo, who enrolled midyear last season but did not play.