What do Drake, Jay-Z and John Calipari have in common? Kentucky University.
For a top high school basketball prospect, finding a basketball program should only deal with matters concerning basketball, right? Well, it’s not necessarily the case at Kentucky University. The defending champs of College basketball are recruitment powerhouses thanks to their big name coach, John Calipari, and also what they can offer outside of just basketball. Kentucky has managed to snatch up just about every top prospect over the past few years, from John Wall to Anthony Davis to many more.
There is a particular reason why. It’s because head coach John Calipari has some hidden recruiting tools up his sleeve. Calipari is the biggest coaching name in college basketball and knows his fair share of celebrities, which also include two of the top rappers right now in Drake and Jay-Z. Calipari was at Jay-Z’s recent concert at the opening of Barclays Center and was at the UK Alumni game in which he was able to get Drake to make an appearance and act as an honarary coach for the game.
Julius Randle, a top recruit, stated that seeing Drake and meeting him at the game had a major effect on his recruiting, as he said that Drake was one of his top three favorite rappers. So not only do the top recruits get to play for one of the best teams in the country, they get to meet their favorite rappers while they’re at it. That is the genius of John Calipari.
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