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MUST WATCH: Coach Cal on Facetime with his new NBA draft picks

John Calipari couldn’t be with his players on NBA Draft Night—or Graduation Night, as he calls it—but he was quick to reach out after Tyrese Maxey, Immanuel Quickley and Nick Richards heard their names called. Normally he would be bouncing around the green room giving hugs and celebrating with the families; this year, however, Calipari was cooped up in his office back in Lexington, waiting to Facetime his guys once they got the good news.

When he did, UK was nearby with an HD camera to capture those moments.

As you can see, Richards was really letting those emotions out. His longtime girlfriend, former UK volleyball star Leah Edmond, tweeted about a night of happy tears.

Congratulations to all three draft picks and thanks to UK for letting the fans behind the scenes to see the genuine reactions.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

4 Comments for MUST WATCH: Coach Cal on Facetime with his new NBA draft picks



  1. UKBigBlueForever
    9:11 am November 19, 2020 Permalink

    Going to specifically miss IQ and Big Nick



  2. runningunnin.454
    9:17 am November 19, 2020 Permalink

    So cool; best wishes to all our former Cats!.



  3. City shuffle
    10:18 am November 19, 2020 Permalink

    Nick’s reaction warms the heart, love it for the guy. Cal telling IQ he already misses him and the team cant hit a shot, scares me for the season.



  4. ed.mueller
    11:41 pm November 20, 2020 Permalink

    Nick’s is so heartfelt, and so real. A kid from Jamaica, who’s family just got pulled from abject poverty into a place he never even believed he could reach, and what it means that he knows his parents don’t have to struggle anymore when he barely believed in himself when he got to UK. It’s a lot to digest. I’m 40, and it gets me in my feelings for the kid. They’re all great, but Nick’s hits different.