By LARRY VAUGHT
For Kentucky fans, the Wildcats might have landed the most important recruit of the John Calipari era Sunday.
He’s not a five-star player like the others in Kentucky’s 2016 recruiting class, but Brad Calipari’s announcement on Twitter that he would be part of Big Blue Nation.
“Blessed to be able to say I’ll be apart of the #BBN next year!” Brad Calipari tweeted.
He is John Calipari’s son and the youngest of his children. His joining the team as a walk-on player would not prevent the UK coach from leaving. However, it would shock me if he did for the NBA where he would have to leave his son behind.
Brad Calipari started his basketball career at Lexington Catholic High School. He tore a knee ligament during the 2013-14 season and transferred to The MacDuffie School in Granby, Mass., to give his knee time to heal.
Twitter was full of comments by Kentucky fans anticipating that Brad Calipari’s announcement meant that the UK coach would be staying. Of course, during an ESPN podcast last year John Calipari said his wife, Ellen, had already told him he was not leaving if their son decided to come to Kentucky.
Calipari joked then that spending four years with his son would be fun other than his son did like to talk back — but what teenager doesn’t.