Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari has been known for his knack for landing blue-chip recruits, but the Wildcats program gained a unique addition on Sunday.
Calipari's son, Brad, announced he committed to play for his father beginning next season:
Brad Calipari @bradcalipari
Blessed to be able to say I'll be apart of the #BBN next year!!🏀🐯3/6/2016, 8:30:02 PM
A product of the MacDuffie School in Granby, Massachusetts, Brad Calipari is a point guard listed at 6'0" and 180 pounds, per 247Sports.
Initially a member of the class of 2015, Calipari opted to reclassify when he tore his ACL and missed most of his junior season. The young floor general started his prep career in Lexington but transferred to MacDuffie as a means of getting out of the long shadow cast by his father.
Back in July 2015, the younger Calipari attempted to dismiss any notions of nepotism with regard to his basketball future, per Bleacher Report's Scott Phillips:
I want to play collegiately and then overseas. I wouldn't mind playing for my dad, but I don't want it to be just handed to me. It's just pride, really. I don't want people to think that. I've worked so hard to get where I'm at. I want people to know that I'm not getting stuff just handed to me.
That sentiment must still linger to a degree, but apparently Calipari is comfortable enough to suit up for the Wildcats for the next four or five years.
Although Calipari has a strong shot from the perimeter, he likely doesn't have the type of athleticism or skill set to be more than a walk-on at this juncture.
"He's a Division I shooter," said MacDuffie coach Jacque Rivera on Sunday, per 247Sports' Chris Fisher. "He has a very high basketball IQ. He's a very smart basketball player. He has tremendous upside and he's very competitive. He wants to win more than anyone."
Some college players progress and use that status as a chip on their shoulders to shine in later years. On a loaded team like Kentucky that gets multiple elite prospects each year, though, Calipari will be hard-pressed to carve out a considerable role.
One positive with regard to John Calipari's future is he should be less inclined to leave now that his son is joining him for the next phase of his career.
The coach has been the perpetual subject of NBA rumors and has done his best to put a halt to them. His son's commitment should ease any Big Blue Nation anxiety about a potential Calipari departure.
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