Granby (Mass.) MacDuffie School guard Brad Calipari announced he’ll play for his father at Kentucky.
He made the news known via Twitter:
Blessed to be able to say I’ll be apart of the #BBN next year!!
— Brad Calipari (@bradcalipari) March 6, 2016
Calipari (6-2, 180), who will walk-on, averaged 13 points and three assists per game for MacDuffie this season and had been receiving interest from the likes of Liberty, East Tennessee State and some Ivy League schools.
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MacDuffie coach Jacque Rivera says Calipari has worked hard to improve his game and change his body.
“He’s a hard worker,” Rivera said. “He’s worked hard to change his body. His body fat is under 10 percent.”
Last spring and summer, Calipari averaged 3.0 points in 10.2 minutes per game for the Travelers while making 13 of 45 three-pointers (28.9 percent) in 16 games during his first season on the Nike EYBL circuit and in the process, gained valuable experience playing against some of the top players in the country.
As you would expect from the son of a now Hall of Fame coach, Calipari’s two main strengths are his shooting and his feel for the game.
“He’s a Division I shooter,” Rivera said. “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.”
It’s of added importance because it could have an effect on his father’s longevity in Lexington.
In an interview with ESPN’s Andy Katz and Seth Greenberg last spring, John Calipari said he may coach until he’s 73-years-old if his son were to play at UK:
“First of all, my wife has already told me if he decides to come, ‘you’re not leaving,’ so that would mean I’m here five more years. If I’m here five more years, why not stay ’til 70, why not sign a new contract and I’ll be 70 when I leave. Seems like everyone coaches until 70, I was thinking 60, but maybe I’ll coach until 72, maybe 73,” Cal said. “If he comes and he wants to walk on, to be able to spend four years with my son and the ups and downs of this …”
That’s music to the ears of Big Blue Nation.
Calipari joins UK’s top-ranked recruiting class which includes De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Wenyen Gabriel, Edrice Adebayo and Sacha Killeya-Jones.
He would join Herky Rupp, Sean Sutton and Saul Smith to play for their coach fathers at UK.
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