Brad Calipari’s career at Kentucky has officially come to an end. A few minutes ago, Brad announced he is transferring to the University of Detroit Mercy, where he’ll be coached by former Indiana coach Mike Davis.
Blessed to be in this position. Just want to thank everybody who’s been there along the way. Especially everyone who said I couldn’t. All the unseen hours of work paying off. It doesn’t stop now tho! #TheNextChapter @DetroitMBB pic.twitter.com/NIwjrAGLdk
— Brad Calipari (@bradcalipari) July 1, 2019
“Ten years ago, my life completely changed when my dad took the head coaching job at the University of Kentucky. I became part of a family. I didn’t know it then but I became part of something that will define who I am and what I want to be. During my time at Kentucky I’ve grown from a kid into a man. I got in the gym and earned that opportunity a few years ago and I’ve had the privilege of wearing the Kentucky jersey for the last three years and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
“This hasn’t been an easy decision for me but I’ve decided to finish the rest of my basketball career elsewhere. It always has been a dream of mine to make a major impact on the court at a college level and I believe the best opportunity for me to do that is at the University of Detroit Mercy.
“I wouldn’t be in this position without being at Kentucky. I’ve grown so much over the years going against the best college basketball players in the nation and also having the best coaching staff. I want to thank the assistants Kenny, Tony, Joel, and Robes, my brothers, and of course my dad for pushing me to be the best version of myself.
“Last but not least, I want to thank the Big Blue Nation for all of their support over the years and although I’ll be playing my final two seasons elsewhere, this place will always be important to me. Thank you and Go Big Blue.”
Brad graduated from UK in May and will have two years of immediate eligibility remaining. During his two seasons of play, he scored 11 points with five rebounds, two assists and a block, appearing in 27 games. In a statement from UK, John Calipari said he’s very proud of his son and supports his decision.
“At the end of the year, each of our players has an opportunity to explore their options and find out what opportunities they have,” John Calipari said. “I didn’t believe Brad should be treated any different. I’m proud of the fact that he graduated in three years and gave himself this opportunity to play the next two seasons either here or at another university. He’s worked really hard and he’s gained the respect of our players because of his work ethic, his drive, his commitment to the game and his skills, so he’s had my full support throughout this process.
“I did not attend any visits with him because I wanted this to be about him and his decision. He came to Kentucky understanding it would be hard to earn minutes because of the level of players here, but he also knew it was his best opportunity to get better every day and to push himself. He always said he may go into coaching one day, which is one of the reasons he decided to come to Kentucky. Now he’s doing what’s best for him and hoping to benefit from the work he’s put in to where he has the opportunity to earn minutes and to play with other really good players and for a good coach.
“That place will be Detroit Mercy with head coach Mike Davis. I’ve coached against Mike and know him well. I have great respect for him as a coach and as a leader of young people.
“I know Brad leaves here with great feelings for our fans and for how he’s been treated, and Ellen and I truly appreciate how he’s been supported. It’s not easy being the coach’s son, especially at a place like Kentucky, but our fans really embraced him. I’m really looking forward to following Brad’s career at Detroit. Proud of you, son.”
We wish Brad the best of luck. Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat.