Kentucky coach John Calipari is set to coach his son at the university after Brad Calipari tweeted on Sunday that he plans to join “Big Blue Nation” next year.
Blessed to be able to say I'll be apart of the #BBN next year!!??
— Brad Calipari (@bradcalipari) March 6, 2016
Brad Calipari, who will be a walk-on for the Wildcats, averaged 13 points, three assists and 28 minutes per game during his senior season at MacDuffie School (Mass.), according to Adam Zagoria of SportsNet New York.
Calipari is unranked on the 24/7 Sports Composite rankings and transferred to MacDuffie from Lexington Christian Academy prior to the 2014-15 season after suffering a torn ACL as a junior, according to Jon Hale of the Courier-Journal.
While the commitment of Calipari’s son might not have a long-term effect on the team’s play, it may positively affect the program’s stability and keep the three-time Naismith College Coach of the Year in Kentucky for an extended period.
“My wife already told me if he decides to come, ‘you’re not leaving,’ so that would mean I’m here five more years,” Calipari told ESPN’s Andy Katz and Seth Greenberg in a podcast recorded in July 2015.
Calipari has been the coach at Kentucky since 2009 and has led the Wildcats on four trips to the Final Four, including a national championship victory in 2012.