John Calipari has no chill.
Today, the Kentucky Wildcats basketball head coach dropped another not-so-subtle hint that DJ Wagner, arguably the best high school recruit in 2023, will ultimately be rocking Kentucky blue.
Calipari’s latest hint involves a special edition basketball from Drake’s Nike sub-label, NOCTA, who Wagner just happened to sign an NIL deal with recently.
It’s also worth noting that these NOCTA balls were the money balls in the 3-point contest for Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness event.
Got a new ball for the office and going to put it next to my Calipari Pack shoes!!— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) October 21, 2022
My good friend @Drake impacting basketball at all levels. Anything he touches turns to gold!! pic.twitter.com/4gQ1MwwSVR
We still don’t have a firm date on when Wagner will announce his commitment, but it’s safe to say Calipari is feeling very confident about landing the big-time recruit.
John Calipari and his staff are currently trying to add the final pieces to the 2023 recruiting class. After a huge commitment from 5-star center Aaron Bradshaw, one player remains on the board that is already quite popular among the Big Blue Nation.
DJ Wagner, had long been seen as a Kentucky lock given the relationship his father has with Coach Cal. Once Louisville hired Kenny Payne however, there was some drama that the Cats might ultimately lose out.
However, after an NIL deal signed with Nike, it seems that this recruitment is all wrapped up. Calipari is even dropping hints at where Wagner will end up.
Calipari may have hinted at a DJ Wagner commitment:— Griffin Gonzalez (@grifgonzo) October 20, 2022
Cal: “…I may get another kid who’s dad played for me too.”
Kent Taylor: “Uh oh Breaking news!”
Cal: “Oh great media is here? Great… because I’ve said a couple of things I wish I could grab back earlier this year.”#BBN
Wagner is considered the No. 2 overall player in the class, according to the 247 Sports Composite rankings, and is considered a top-three player in the class by all the other major recruiting networks.
Landing Wagner will almost certainly cement another No. 1 overall class for John Calipari and the Wildcats as well.
Looks like Swaggy Cal is all the way back.