Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Kentucky Basketball's Secret Recruiting Weapon: Drake?

Chris Marquette of the Picayune Item believes Kentucky has landed several high profile recruits because of John Calipari's friendship with Drake.

According to Marquette, "Calipari’s use of his friendship with Drake has certainly swayed a number of undecided recruits to 'rock Kentucky blue.'"

Here's an excerpt of Marquette's thoughts:

Drake, one of the most popular artists today and a well-known Kentucky Wildcats basketball fan, has been a fixture at UK events for some time now and has a friendship with Head Coach John Calipari. It is undeniable that these young, impressionable kids, many of whom love Drake’s music, are influenced by his affinity for the Wildcats—in the last couple years Kentucky has consistently had among the best recruiting classes.

It is well documented how invasive and strict the NCAA recruiting restrictions are, but there is little they can do about censoring the lyrics of recording artists about particular players or schools.

Calipari’s use of his friendship with Drake has certainly swayed a number of undecided recruits to "rock Kentucky blue."

Whether or not Drake’s allure is harmful to young student-athletes still remains to be seen, but what is for certain is he is a factor.

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