Campers got to learn from and interact with former Kentucky pros at the John Calipari Prasco Pro Camps, and our CoachCal.com photographer Chris Reynolds was there to document it all.
Back in town for the annual John Calipari Prasco Pro Camps, former Wildcats Nerlens Noel, Archie Goodwin, Julius Mays and Twany Beckham spoke with the media about playing in the professional ranks, their future plans, what they’ve seen from the 2013-14 team and more.
John Calipari keeps saying it, and the facts keep backing him up: Kentucky is about more than just basketball. Academics at UK matter, too. The latest example was the Southeastern Conference’s First-Year Academic Honor Roll, which was made up of six Kentucky Wildcats
What seemed like an unlikely notion as recently as last week suddenly doesn’t seem so crazy anymore after Mays’ workout at a pre-NBA Draft combine that was hosted by the New Jersey Nets on Thursday. Facing talent that will be up for grabs at the NBA Draft, Mays shined, according to tweets from John Calipari, who was in attendance at the PNY Center in East Rutherford, N.J.
Julius Mays didn’t reach the NCAA Tournament and compete for a national championship like he had hoped when he transferred to Kentucky, but his decision to join John Calipari’s team did earn him a shot at the NBA. Mays is one of 30 players who will participate in a pre-NBA Draft combine at the PNY Center in East Rutherford, N.J., Wednesday and Thursday.
Kentucky has finalized its lineup for the 2013Prasco John Calipari Pro Camps, which will take place at the end of July and early August. Former UK stars Nerlens Noel, Archie Goodwin, Julius Mays, Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Eric Bledsoe and DeMarcus Cousins will be featured as this year’s pros.
As Coach Cal tweeted Monday morning, he wasn’t necessarily disappointed his team is forced to play on the road to start the 32-team tournament. He actually welcomed the disadvantage of going to Robert Morris’ 3,056-seat Charles L. Sewall Center because he thinks his team needs to prove it wants to continue to play before Big Blue fans waste their money on tickets.
eRUPPtion Zone tickets will be available to the public for the Belmont and Mississippi State games, which occur over the university’s holiday break. Tickets will go on sale 90 minutes prior to tip-off at the Rupp Arena Box Office and are available on a first come/first serve basis.