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Coach Cal headed to Spain to watch the U17’s

Coach John Calipari is hopping a plane to Spain (randomly sings “The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain”… sorry, I gotta throw that in. Love me some My Fair Lady and Julie Andrews)

Anyway, Coach Cal is crossing the pond to Zaragoza, Spain later today to watch some of the top recruits in the 2017 and 2018 classes in the FIBA U17 World Championships. The roster includes several UK recruiting targets including Immanuel Quickly, the second-ranked point guard in 2018, Kevin Knox, Wendell Carter, Javonte Smart and Gary Trent Jr.

According to Evan Daniels of, Kevin Knox was among the standouts for the first day of the of the U17’s and he claimed on Twitter Carter “may be the best player in the event.”

UK special assistant Joel Justus has already been traipsing about Spain for a couple of days now and it looks like Cal is going to join him.

It also looks like Calipari is having a bit of fun with fans with an impromptu “Desert Island Picks: Coach Cal Edition” before boarding his flight. He asked fans on Twitter to guess the three movies and music he downloaded in prep for the 12-hour plane ride and is giving away a signed t-shirt to whomever can read Coach Cal’s mind.

Megan Calipari has already given you guys a head start:


Article written by Ricki Barker

Writer of things. Watcher of sports. Wearer of blue. Sometimes all at once.

3 Comments for Coach Cal headed to Spain to watch the U17’s

  1. BigUkfan68
    12:42 pm June 25, 2016 Permalink

    He should be looking at the Bosnian Dzanan Musa, North Carolina and Jordan already all over him smh. Will be the top player in Europe in a year.

  2. UK Fan In Nashville
    6:55 pm June 25, 2016 Permalink

    Julie Andrews? You mean Audrey Hepburn. Facts are optional I know I know. 😉

  3. catdaddyd
    11:59 am June 26, 2016 Permalink

    The Back to the Future trilogy and Huey Lewis and the News.