It's never easy growing up when your dad is a superstar coach.
That's the case with Brad Calipari. He's had to come of age while his father, John, has been one of the most recognizable names in basketball. Over at Bleacher Report, there's a good article Brad and how he's working hard to get out from underneath his dad's shadow.
"Right now, I'm creating a name for myself as I get better. People are going to start knowing me for me," Brad said.
Brad still has a goal of playing college basketball one day, but only if it's earned. He also hopes to play overseas one day for a professional team like many of John's players have if they couldn't make it to the NBA.
"I want to play collegiately and then overseas," Calipari said. "I wouldn't mind playing for my dad, but I don't want it to be just handed to me. It's just pride, really. I don't want people to think that. I've worked so hard to get where I'm at. I want people to know that I'm not getting stuff just handed to me."
This year, Brad will be a senior at MacDuffie School in Granby, Massachusetts. He is playing for the Kentucky Travelers on the EYBL circuit this summer, when he's not playing pickup with current and former Wildcats in the Joe Craft Center, which Brad says has helped him.
"I think that's helped my game, too. The main thing, defensively trying to guard those guys, they're a lot quicker, stronger, and you can’t let them push you around. So it kind of taught me to play more physical," Calipari said.