After five years split between the University of Kentucky and Detroit Mercy, Brad Calipari’s time as a college basketball player is coming to a close.
Detroit Mercy’s game tonight against Robert Morris marks the final home game of Calipari’s career and Senior Day for the Titans.
To celebrate Calipari’s big night, the senior guard’s father – you may have heard of him – sent his son a special video message, telling him to enjoy the moment and help his team make the NCAA Tournament with a Horizon League Championship title.
“I want to thank Coach Davis for coaching my son and doing a great job with it, giving him every opportunity,” Calipari said. “I’ll say this, more than once, “Are you okay? You’re not playing much.” He said, “Dad, our team is way better and our guards are better.” Now, he did say, “They can’t shoot it as good as me, but these are really good guards, so I accept what Coach is doing.”
“Man, I wish I had guys on my team that way. His attitude and his love of Coach Davis is not predicated on how much he’s playing. I can’t begin to tell you, as a father, how proud that makes me. My hope is he gets a chance to taste the NCAA Tournament because Detroit goes and wins their tournament. And they can. And they can. I’d like to see Brad make the game-winning shot in the championship game, so Coach Davis, I’m telling you, he lives for that. If it’s in there, run him off a screen, he’ll catch it and bang the game-winner.
“Brad, I’m so proud of the person you’re becoming. I’m so proud of your maturity and growth. I’m so proud of how you’ve responded to situations, whether you’re playing, not playing, winning, losing, your response shows me your character, how you’ve handled it. All I can tell you is, I love you, I love having a son that I am so proud of. Enjoy this day, and as you go forward, remember your time at Detroit. Special time.”
— Detroit Mercy MBB (@DetroitMBB) February 20, 2021
They grow up so fast.