Last week, Kentucky basketball superfan Drake was at the team’s Big Blue Madness kickoff event. It wasn’t the first time the famous rapper attended the event, as he has been associated with the Wildcats since 2009.
Drake’s impact wasn’t limited to his public appearance, either. He met with the Kentucky players and delivered a message to them, as discussed by Wildcats coach John Calipari on Wednesday on The Paul Finebaum Show.
“‘If you want it, will it.’ Whether it’s individually or collectively,” Calipari said, reiterating Drake’s message.
That wasn’t all Calipari said about Drake’s appearance. The Wildcats’ coach also told a cool story about the first time the rapper visited a Kentucky basketball event, well before he reached the level of stardom he has now attained.
In 2009, Calipari brought in Drake and former Wildcats player Tayshaun Prince to serve as honorary coaches at Big Blue Madness scrimmage.
“No one knew who Drake was, they were like, ‘Who was that with Tayshaun?'” Calipari said.
Things have certainly changed, as Calipari said he was even taking pictures for fans that wanted to be photographed with Drake.
“This guy is huge, but has never changed, had a great message,” Calipari said.
Calipari shared a photo of the team with Drake on Twitter after Big Blue Madness last Friday:
His post-Madness message was right on point: If you want it, will it. pic.twitter.com/xakEEEliJ2
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) October 14, 2017
Wednesday was the SEC’s basketball media day as the season continues to draw nearer. The Wildcats, who were picked by media members to again win the SEC, open their year with a matchup against Utah Valley on Nov. 10.