Brad Calipari, Son of Coach John Calipari, Commits to Kentucky

March 6, 2016 Updated: March 6, 2016
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The son of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari said he’ll play for his dad at the university.

Brad Calipari will join the team as a walk-on.

“Blessed to be able to say I’ll be apart of the #BBN next year!!” Calipari, who has played guard on the basketball team at Granby MacDuffie School this season, said via Twitter.

MacDuffie coach Jacque Rivera told 247 Sports that Calipari has worked hard improving his game and physique. 

“He’s a hard worker,” Rivera said. “He’s worked hard to change his body. His body fat is under 10 percent.”

Brad Calipari and his coach at MacDuffie. (Twitter)
Brad Calipari and his coach at MacDuffie. (Twitter)

Rivera said Calipari’s greatest strengths are shooting and a feel for the game.

“He’s a Division I shooter,” Rivera said. “He has a very high basketball IQ. He’s a very smart basketball player. He has tremendous upside and he’s very competitive. He wants to win more than anyone.”

John Calipari recently told ESPN that he would like to coach his son.

“First of all, my wife has already told me if he decides to come, ‘you’re not leaving,’ so that would mean I’m here five more years. If I’m here five more years, why not stay ’til 70, why not sign a new contract and I’ll be 70 when I leave. Seems like everyone coaches until 70, I was thinking 60, but maybe I’ll coach until 72, maybe 73,” Cal said.

“If he comes and he wants to walk on, to be able to spend four years with my son and the ups and downs of this. The only thing is he likes to talk back. He can’t do that when he’s playing for me.”