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UK announces 2018 Calipari Draft Academy


Registration is now open for John Calipari’s Draft Academy basketball camp on UK’s campus in Lexington. Formerly known as the John Calipari Pro Camp, this year’s Draft Academy will welcome Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kevin Knox, Wenyen Gabriel, Hamidou Diallo and Jarred Vanderbilt back home to help in the on-court instruction and to meet the campers.

The cost for the Calipari’s 2018 Draft Academy is $199 per camper and includes a camp T-shirt, instruction, competitions, autograph session and camp team photo with the featured Wildcat pros. The camp is open to both boys and girls ages 7-17.

Scholarship opportunities are available to kids of non-salary UK employees. All participants can register at UKathletics.com/camps. UK staff employees registering will be required to enter their staff identification number to validate the scholarship.

“I’m excited to be able to offer this camp to our UK family,” Calipari said in a press release. “This is a great opportunity for some of the folks that make this campus what it is to provide something special for their children before school starts back up. If you’re a UK employee considering signing your child up, we ask that you please honor the commitment because other children could use this scholarship. There are a limited number we can offer and they will come on a first-come, first-served basis. No-shows will not be eligible for future scholarships.”

The camp will be split into two sessions, divided into morning and afternoon groups. Basic info on the two-day event is as follows:

JOHN CALIPARI Draft Academy I (Aug. 1-2)
Featured pros: Hamidou Diallo, Wenyen Gabriel, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kevin Knox and Jarred Vanderbilt
Location: Seaton Center and Johnson Center on UK’s campus in Lexington
Time: Aug. 1-2 from 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Ages: 7-17
Check-in: 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Cost: $199

JOHN CALIPARI DRAFT ACADEMY II (Aug. 1-2)
Featured pros: Hamidou Diallo, Wenyen Gabriel, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kevin Knox and Jarred Vanderbilt
Location: Seaton Center and Johnson Center on UK’s campus in Lexington
Time: Aug. 1-2 from 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Ages: 7-17
Check-in: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Cost: $199

Click here for much more information and to get signed up.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

4 responses to “UK announces 2018 Calipari Draft Academy”

  1. clint w.

    I wonder if a kid that was a high level recruit came to attend this if it would be a violation. If not, why aren’t we pushing our recruits to this?

    1. michaelb

      The guys we recruit play in stuff like peach jam aau eyebl… those get them the max exposure

    2. michaelb

      They might could if they were just deadlocked uk only guy , but most want to flaunt their skill & collect offers – it’s like more feathers in their hats – I don’t blame them either

  2. 4everUKblue

    Look for K’s draft academy to open August 3 – 4. He’s copied everything else Cal has done.