John Calipari doesn't just convince high school basketball players to come to Lexington to try to win a national title.
The Kentucky coach also helps inspire music superstars to go back to school.
Drake, the rapping/singing protégé of Lil' Wayne, was one of the coaches for Kentucky's alumni game over the weekend (John Wall was the other). Drake's team won, with Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins leading the way.
After the game, Drake – real name Aubrey Graham – told CN2 in Kentucky that Calipari and the Wildcats drove him to return to high school to get his diploma.
“I actually dropped out of high school,” Drake said in the video. “I never really got, like, a great school experience. When Coach Cal asked me to come out here for the first Midnight Madness, it just really gave me ... a sense of school, a sense of love, a sense of belonging to something. That's why I feel like I belong to the UK family. That's why I'm graduating high school this month. I'm definitely inspired by UK.”
Now we know why Calipari is so good on the recruiting trail. I mean, if Calipari and Big Blue Nation can charm Drake, five-star recruits must seem like a cakewalk.