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John Calipari reflects on another successful Draft Night

Another NBA Draft is over and three more Kentucky guys are headed to the league. As the festivities were wrapping up at the Barclays Center, John Calipari took to social media to reflect on “Graduation Night.”

“I’m so proud of all of our guys. Graduation night is always special for our program because the lives of several families just changed. To see the dreams of not only our kids but their families come true is truly a special moment for all of us.

“I’m really happy for PJ and Tyler. There were teams that were hoping that they would go past 12 and 13 that really wanted them. They were so excited to go back-to-back. I heard PJ got up from an interview to applaud Tyler. I’m happy where they are and the kind of teams and coaches they will play for.

“It’s amazing how this draft works. If you don’t work out for three or four teams and you end up falling to those teams in a row, you end up sliding by them. I’ve seen it happen with other players but never with one of ours.

“But here’s the thing with Keldon Johnson. He gets to play for a Hall of Fame coach in Gregg Popovich in one of the best organizations that develops young people. I’ve been wrong before – I think it was 1978 – but I believe Keldon will overdeliver more than any other player in the draft at his position. The Spurs got a gem, but Keldon drawing them is like hitting the lottery.

“I’m disappointed for Reid but I know he’s going to end up in a good spot. I was on the phone during the draft and calling and texting different teams to gauge interest because in my mind he can help any team in the NBA, especially young teams. With his talent and professionalism and the fact that he’s become the best version of himself as a player, I just want him to get an opportunity because I would fully expect him to take advantage of it.”

Calipari was everywhere at the Barclays Center last night. Here he is with Brian Long’s family:


Tyler Herro’s little brothers (and future Cats?):

Herro’s mother, PJ’s mother, and Keldon’s mother:

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was even there to support his cousin Nickeil Alexander-Walker, who was drafted No. 17 by the New Orleans Pelicans:

Normal people would take it easy today, but knowing Cal, he’ll probably pop up at one of the many recruiting events happening this weekend.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

2 Comments for John Calipari reflects on another successful Draft Night

  1. UKinmyblood
    11:58 am June 21, 2019 Permalink

    Graduation night ? …… I’d probably call it something other than that.

    • ready4nineNOW
      12:39 pm June 21, 2019 Permalink

      Did they not successfully finish their college careers to advance to their next course of study? I think so!