John Calipari offered Dante Exum to join Kentucky Wildcats at midseason last year

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When Dante Exum is drafted in the NBA Draft on Thursday night, he could have been the latest Kentucky Wildcats basketball star to be drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft.  And of course, we would have heard more about how John Calipari is bad for college basketball with his one and done program.  Or in the case of Dante Exum, a “half-year and done” player.

In the course of the NBA Draft interviews, it came out that John Calipari had thrown out the possibility of Exum joining the team in the second semester last year.  Exum of course, did not go to college at all and revealed that he would have been a Who – who – Hoosier had he played college ball.


Exum finished his high school career in Australia, graduating in December while weighing his options: to realize his dream of playing college basketball or to go directly to the NBA. He trimmed his list to five schools: Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Michigan and Oregon. [Exum's father] Cecil says that Kentucky’s John Calipari even threw out the possibility of Dante joining Kentucky for the second semester of the season and jumping right into the fire.

“He would have been at a major disadvantage,” Cecil said. “Behind the eight-ball. I shot that down and told the other schools that was not an option.”

Dante maintains that he would have chosen to play for Tom Crean at Indiana, the lone school he actually visited, if he had opted to go the college route.

Granted, it’s tempting to think about what could have been had Exum joined the team at midseason, but I really don’t see the addition of Exum leading to a national title.  Exum would have probably been more of a distraction last year with the teams struggles and to be honest, don’t see the team coming together like they did with his addition.  That’s just my opinion, but in the end it probably worked out the best for both the Cats and Exum.

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You can add former NBA All Star Dan Majerle to the list of former NBA players that will be paying a visit to Rupp Arena this year to take in the Wildcats. Except Majerle will be trying to knock off the Cats in the season opener. It was announced yesterday that Grand Canyon University will kick off the 2014-15 season as part of the Bill Keightley Classic on November 14.

The Antelopes reclassified from Division III to Division I last season and will be eligible for postseason play in 2017-18. They play in the WAC conference and actually went 10-6 in conference play last year.


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Yesterday, Julius Randle tweeted that he was meeting with GQ Magazine to “discuss style”. Chad Ford then hopped on that and reported that Randle blew off a meeting with the Celtics in a tweet. It was a kind of mid level trolling by Ford, who seemed to jump to assumptions with his tweets nad in the end, it’s all just a bit of silly drama that Kentucky fans are used to by now.

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