How did Drake, a rap singer, get a Kentucky national championship ring?
He has described himself as a UK¿basketball fan and played at the first Big Blue Madness of the John Calipari era at UK. He’s been to games, including NCAA Tournament games. But now he has a championship ring with the inscription “Drizzy” above “Kentucky Wildcats, 38-2.”
So why did he get a ring?
“Coach Calipari secured rings for friends and family on his own through the manufacturer,” said DeWayne Peevy, executive associate athletics director at Kentucky. “I can’t confirm or deny if Drake got one through those means because those were ordered separately, not through the school. As you know, they have been friends since Memphis.”
Drake has let all his followers know via social media that he has the ring and that could make an impression with recruits about how intriguing being part of the Kentucky basketball program can be in addition to preparing players for the NBA the way Calipari has his three years at Kentucky. The ring has touched off a wave of national publicity for Drake and Calipari.
Did other celebrities get rings?
“In regards to other rings obtained directly from the manufacture, those were done without UK direct involvement,” Peevey said.
However, there are non-team members who did also get a ring thanks to UK.
“University of Kentucky Athletics awarded rings to select staff members commemorating our eighth championship,” Peevey said.
Davis fan: Former Kentucky standout Anthony Davis had 12 points, three rebounds, one block and one steal in 14 minutes in the 110-63 win over Tunisia Tuesday in London.
Tyson Chandler, Team USA’s only true center, likes what he has seen from Davis on the team filled with NBA veterans.
“He’s a great kid. He’s a great kid with a great personality. He’s willing to learn,” Changler said. “That’s what you always look at as a veteran looking at a rookie. You want to feel like you can help him. You want to feel like he can be coached and he’s willing to learn. That’s his biggest quality: he’s willing to learn.”
Chandler says when he is not on the court and Davis is, he’s also watching him.
“I’m only going to be around him for this short period of time and I want to be able to help him as much as I can,” Chandler said. “So, while he’s on the floor and I see that he’s done something wrong, I’ll pull him to the side and let him know how things are going to be and what he’s going to see next year in the league to better prepare himself. He’s always paying attention, taking information and wanting to learn.”