Everybody wants to be like Kentucky nowadays

John Calipari - photo by Walter Cornett
John Calipari – photo by Walter Cornett

Kentucky’s leans back in the black leather chair jammed into his makeshift office — a temporary home while his main one in the Center undergoes an overhaul — and shakes his head after another request from a friend arrives in a text:

Could you call for me?

“I can’t,” he says to everyone in the room. “I just called Drake, and I called Future for Aaron Harrison.”

For the past seven years, the game’s most charismatic figure and pioneer of the one-and-done craze has owned the most powerful phone in college basketball.

With one call, he can reach your favorite hip-hop star. In August, he used that phone to call young stars, former Kentucky standout Jared Lorenzen and other popular figures who have ties to the Lexington area to invite them to play in the inaugural Coach Cal Celebrity Softball Game.

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