John Calipari’s men’s basketball team posted one of the best Academic Progress Rate scores once again, finishing among the top 10 percent in Division 1 basketball. It marks the third straight year this has happened.
UK men’s golf, softball and volleyball also finished in the top 10 percent in their respective sports, which ties the school record with four teams earning APR top 10 awards.
“I’m proud of how all our teams have achieved their APR scores over the years,” Mitch Barnhart said in a release from UK. “Earning a top-10 award is a difficult and significant achievement. It is a credit to the students for their diligence, to the academic support staff for their guidance, and to Coach (John) Calipari, Coach (Brian) Craig, Coach (Rachel) Lawson and Coach (Craig) Skinner for their success in managing their programs.”
John Calipari added, “We have graduated 17 players over the last eight years. Our kids who leave early leave in good academic standing so they can come back anytime they choose to finish their degree. They have lifetime scholarships here at Kentucky. We already have players who have left early who have begun that process. I said this a year ago: Whether it’s getting off a plane at 2 in the morning and going to class the next day or sitting in a classroom and doing projects with the student body, it’s well known that our kids are committed to learning. They have curious minds and are on the paths to being lifelong learners. Winning the APR award for a third-straight year is based on all of those things. Congratulations to (academic counselor) Mike Stone and the entire CATS staff for instilling that mindset in our kids.”
Bob Knight was not available for comment.