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Brad Calipari will play at Kentucky, could be big news for school

Brad Calipari

Brad Calipari will be joining his father at Kentucky next season.

The high school guard announced via Twitter Sunday that he has committed to play at Kentucky under his father, John:

Brad plays for The MacDuffie School in Massachusetts, for whom he averages 13 points per game. He also plays travel ball for the Kentucky Travelers. He is considered a strong outside shooter.

Brad’s decision could have a big impact that has Big Blue Nation celebrating. John Calipari has said in the past that if his son comes to play for him, he would be committed to the school for the length of his son’s career.

“First of all, my wife has already told me if he decides to come, ‘You’re not leaving,’ so that would mean I’m here five more years,” Calipari said on ESPN last July. “If I’m here five more years, why not stay ’til 70, why not sign a new contract and I’ll be 70 when I leave. Seems like everyone coaches until 70, I was thinking 60, but maybe I’ll coach until 72, maybe 73.

“If he comes and he wants to walk on, to be able to spend four years with my son and the ups and downs of this? The only thing is he likes to talk back. You can’t do that when you’re playing for me.”

Brad will be doing just that — he will be a walk-on for the program — strengthening a 2016 recruiting class that is ranked No. 1 by some outlets. But the real big winner is the Kentucky program, which may be keeping Calipari for the next handful of years. There has been concern about NBA teams luring Cal, but this may mark his commitment to Lexington.

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