It would appear Brad Calipari is on his way back to the Bluegrass.
According to KSR’s Matt Jones there are LOUD rumors of Brad making his way back to UK to become a graduate assistant.
Lots of speculation that Brad Calipari may be joining the Uk staff as a Grad Assistant— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) April 22, 2021
I don’t have it confirmed but it is definitely a loud chatter
Brad is a former walk-on at UK who transferred to Detroit Mercy for the 2019-20 season and has been there for the last two seasons. After averaging 6.1 ppg as a junior that year, the son of John Calipari played sparingly this past season and averaged just 0.2 ppg.
A grad assistant job obviously isn’t like one of the three primary assistant coach jobs on every college basketball staff. It’s not even to the same degree as off-the-court jobs like what Tony Barbee has as the associate to the head coach, or even what John Robic has as the special assistant to the head coach/basketball operations.
So before you wonder if there’s a major case of nepotism here with John Calipari, this is a very small role that’s merely to help Brad get his foot in the door of coaching.
Plus, Brad is going to be one of the few players that plays at UK under Calipari and does not go on to play professionally, be it in the NBA or overseas. Brad has made it clear in the past he wants to coach, so it looks like he won’t play basketball anywhere professionally and will instead begin his coaching career.
Oh, and if there’s anyone who knows how to instill John’s coaching philosophy onto players, you have to think his son is going to be pretty good at it.
Of course, this is all speculation until an official hire is made.