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Brad Calipari will officially visit Hartford next week

Last week, Kentucky walk-on guard Brad Calipari turned the college basketball world on its head by putting his name in the transfer portal.

Tonight, Evan Daniels of 247 Sports is reporting that the 6-foot-0 guard will take an official visit to Hartford starting next week.

Coached by John Gallagher, the Hartford Hawks play in the America East Conference at the Division I school level. In the 2018-19 season, Hartford finished with a final record of 18-15, including 10-6 in conference play.

On Tuesday, Kentucky head coach John Calipari said his son was still weighing his options, but acknowledged that he was absolutely looking for more playing time.

“He’s still walking through it,” Coach Cal said. “Do you blame him? All the work — he was in here three times yesterday working out. Do you blame him for wanting to play more and knowing who’s here? Has he gotten better? Absolutely he’s gotten better. But he’s, you know. So now he can look around.”

At the time, Calipari said he told his son that it wouldn’t be a bad idea to consider the Division II level, but also wouldn’t rule out a return for the redshirt sophomore.

“I even told him, look at Division II. What’s wrong with that? Where you’re well-coached, where you get a chance, a good league,” he said. “Division II basketball, they’re just a little smaller but you’ve got talented guys. He may end up coming back. He’s in the lodge and all the stuff and in classes. He may come back.”

As much as Calipari would love for Brad to return to school, he understands that he wants an opportunity to make a name for himself on the basketball floor. After seeing the countless hours he has put in at the Joe Craft Center, the Kentucky head coach says his son deserves that chance.

“The ideal thing would be for him to have more of an opportunity here,” he said. “I just — I’d love to do it but that’s my own son. Has to be earned and you have to deserve it.”

Will Brad find his new home in West Hartford, Connecticut?


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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4 Comments for Brad Calipari will officially visit Hartford next week

  1. Ridge Runner
    9:28 pm June 6, 2019 Permalink

    I admit I’m still surprised by this. Glad he’s doing what’s best for him but what I mean is… I always thought he (and Dad) kinda saw the writing on the inevitable wall and he would use his time in college learning about coaching more so than trying to get a shot off. Now he can still do this of course alongside another coach while playing but.. I dunno, I was obviously wrong in my placement of his playing. Good luck young man.

    • Ridge Runner
      9:31 pm June 6, 2019 Permalink

      Oh… it also means I’m wrong in his “coaching future” too. Lol. Maybe fashion design! Just picking there.

  2. BobbyBlue
    11:21 pm June 6, 2019 Permalink

    Thank god Cal didn’t hand him the keys like Sutton and Tubby, did with their sons.
    Anyway I wish him well in whatever direction he chooses.

  3. UKInsider
    2:20 pm June 7, 2019 Permalink

    Terrible academic school with poor campus facilities. Once Brad sees the dorms, he will move on. Hartford offers him exposure in a poor conference and he will earn his MBA, but Hartford isn’t sprawling with jobs and the coaching staff isn’t going to help Brad grow as a player or prospective coach. He would be better served looking elsewhere.