By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky coach John Calipari used his favorite forum — www.coachcal.com — to tout more than the 17 NBA draft picks UK has had over the last four years. Instead, he wanted to point out UK’s academic accomplishments.
“Of our 10 players who have been eligible to graduate by the end of their senior years, all 10 will have graduated after this weekend. For you math majors out there, that’s 100 percent. We’ve also had a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average over the last three years. It’s the norm, not an aberration,” Calipari posted on his website.
Jarrod Polson, Jon Hood and Twany Beckham all will graduate this weekend.
“With Wayne Turner and Marquis Estill, who we invited to come back to finish their degrees, we’ve actually graduated 12 people over the last four years. We will continue to invite any and all players to come back and finish their degree,” Calipari posted.
However, there was more from Calipari.
“Few things make me happier than seeing our young men achieve their dreams on the court, whether that’s cutting down the national championship nets or seeing them hold up NBA jerseys with their names on it,” the UK coach posted. “Are we proud of our players making it to the NBA? Of course. Are we happy about averaging more than 30 wins over the last four years? You bet.
“But we’re about more than that here at Kentucky. When you run a players-first program, it’s about helping kids reach their dreams both on and off the court and preparing them for the rest of their lives. You can do both at the University of Kentucky. It’s a standard that’s been set.”