The University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball program often gets a reputation for caring little about the “student” part of “student-athlete”, but more the athlete. Today, with the news that Kentucky’s program reached a cumulative GPA of 3.39 for competing scholarship student athletes during the Spring semester, that perception becomes a little more distant.
With the closing of classes and grades posted, the news came that not only was this above the 3.0 GPA bar set by Athletic Director Mitch Barnhardt, it led all Wildcat men’s teams.
The 3.39 was the highest of any male sport and followed women’s tennis (3.69), women’s soccer (3.62), women’s swimming and diving (3.60), women’s cross country (3.59) and women’s golf (3.53)
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According to John Calipari, the team had 12 of 13 players with a 3.0 or better including two with a 4.0.
This comes at the heels of a Fall semester GPA of 3.1, where 8 players received a B average or better.