The University of Kentucky beat its own personal best with a record six teams receiving Public Recognition Awards for their Academic Progress Rate scores, the NCAA announced Wednesday.
Those six Kentucky teams are men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, softball, and volleyball.
The previous school record for APR top-10 awards was four, set each of the past two years. Today’s news also marks the first time a UK squad has won in seven consecutive years, as this is the seventh APR award in a row for men’s golf.
The team you’re most interested in, John Calipari’s basketball team, earned the honor for the fourth consecutive year and fifth time overall.
Calipari had this to say about the achievement:
“Our whole mindset is preparing our kids for the rest of their lives. It’s about taking that next step to what they are going to do once they leave Kentucky. For some kids that’s playing professional basketball. For others it’s outside of basketball. Whatever they decide to do – whatever their ‘genius’ is in – it’s our job to make sure they’re prepared when they leave here. With 18 players who have graduated over the last nine years, I believe we’ve done that. Our kids are committed to learning and take care of business in the classroom. We teach growth in all areas. It’s well documented what our players learn about giving back that they carry with them for the rest of their lives. If they decide to pursue their genius and play professional basketball, they know they have lifetime scholarships so they can come back and finish their degree. Whether they leave early or stay here, they’re in good academic standing and on schedule to graduate. Michael Stone and the CATS staff do a wonderful job of making sure our kids are lifelong learners.”