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Drake gives credit to Cal/Kentucky for helping him finish school

Drake didn’t just stroll into Rupp Arena on Saturday as a multi-million dollar rap star, one of the most famous names in the current world of music. He came as a friend of Coach Cal’s… a friend who has been inspired like many others by John Calipari. Drake’s appearance as a coach in the Kentucky alumni game upped the cool factor for potential future players and once again proved just how ahead of the ball Calipari is when it comes to this sort of thing. But Drake also took the time to make sure a story that hasn’t been told very often was shared with the folks in Kentucky:

“Kentucky has given me a real home,” said Drake who served as the unofficial “Y” during one of the timeouts. “I actually dropped out of high school, which I don’t know if a lot of people know that, but I dropped out of high school. I never really got like a school experience. When Coach Cal asked me to come here for the first Midnight Madness, it just really gave me a sense of school, a sense of love, a sense of belonging to something. That’s why I feel like I belong in the UK family and that’s why I’m graduating high school this month. I’m definitely inspired by UK.” (h/t

For those who may be a little older or just don’t necessarily relate with a guy like Drake, it’s important to understand that it does mean something and it does in fact resonate with the younger portion of the fan base. I think perhaps the best part of Calipari’s effort to include guys like Drake in the Kentucky family, is that he hasn’t neglected the older and more historic important Kentucky basketball figures as a result. Calipari made sure Wah Wah Jones was in attendance yesterday, as well asĀ always trying to make sure Joe B. Hall stays involved.

I have no idea how much his visit to Midnight Madness had to do with him going back to school, but either way– kudos to Drake for doing so, and kudos to Calipari for making him feel a part of something.

“It may not mean nothin’ to ya’ll, but understand somethin’ was done for him.”

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

9 Comments for Drake gives credit to Cal/Kentucky for helping him finish school

  1. Steve Goins
    8:37 pm September 16, 2012 Permalink

    nice article.
    Wish the ‘national media’ would just once pick up some of the positives Coach Cal and the BBN does like this.

  2. Patrick_Wren
    8:40 pm September 16, 2012 Permalink

    Who cares….can we please get back to hating on Joker! Just kidding nice read.

  3. SoCal Will
    8:43 pm September 16, 2012 Permalink

    Since nothing is impossible in Cal World let’s ask him to recruit his buddy Nick Saban in January….

  4. Linda Taylor
    9:07 pm September 16, 2012 Permalink

    3 – To dream the impossible dream.

  5. Hal
    9:25 pm September 16, 2012 Permalink

    cal’s prob. already on this, but i would think UK makes a picture/small plaque of drake’s quote so recruits & their families can read it on every trip. like drake or not, this shows a sincerity about cal & UK family & reaching your dreams

    9:46 pm September 16, 2012 Permalink

    Great, Great POST!

  7. Dave Ball
    4:11 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    If Pitino were to retire from coaching, would Coach Cal invite him back to be part of the UK family…(I think he might do it were it Tubby)…would be funny to see though…doubt Rick would do it though…

  8. Zell
    5:47 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    Great story for Drake and Cal to enlight people on education and following your dreams. With role models, kids are able to see it take hard work and education to succeed! Go BBN

  9. bluefan
    9:05 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    BBN Forever! This is why I love KSR so much. We would never this kind of story anywhere else. Good job, Ally!