In town for Saturday night’s New Orleans-Washington preseason game at Rupp Arena, former John Calipari stars John Wall, Darius Miller, Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans were on hand Saturday morning after their teams’ respective shoot-arounds to talk about Coach Cal, Big Blue Madness and this year’s UK team.
The NBA scouts lining the wall of the Joe Craft Center probably had a feeling they would leave Lexington wowed by a couple of players. But the guy they talked about the most, the one that left them wowed when they boarded their planes and headed home, wasn’t who most people think it would be.
It’s been barely a month since John Calipari’s family reunion in early September for the UK Alumni Charity Game, but four more of Coach Cal’s “sons” will be in town Saturday for a preseason exhibition game.
No surprise, the New Orleans Pelicans want to keep Anthony Davis around.
By now, everyone has heard the numbers. Four years. Seventeen NBA Draft picks. Eight lottery choices. Two No. 1 overall picks. Two Final Fours. A national championship. But until the players who made those numbers come together, it’s difficult to fully understand the parade of basketball talent that has come through Lexington during the John Calipari era.
Coach Cal and ProCamps raised more than $215,000 with a live and silent auction Sunday night at Calipari’s house. The proceeds from the auctions will be joined with the revenue from the fantasy experience and ticket sales from the UK Alumni Charity Game and given to 16 different organizations at Monday night’s game at Rupp Arena.
Since we are less than two weeks away from our annual UK Alumni Charity Game, we are auctioning off five separate Nike basketballs that have been signed by me and six of our NBA pros: DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Bledsoe, Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Nerlens Noel and Archie Goodwin.
After watching his team get outrebounded, “outhustled” and “outworked” in the second half of doubleheader nightcap, a hot and irritated John Calipari said this letdown loss simply came down to toughness. One team (Baylor) had it. The other (Kentucky) didn’t.