College basketball: John Calipari gets custom sneakers printed with names of former Wildcats
Ever since John Calipari took the reigns at Kentucky in 2009-10, the Wildcats have become a well-oiled factory for developing NBA-ready players. Calipari wears that pride on his sleeves.
Now, Calipari also wears it on his shoes.
Got a special pair of shoes I'm wearing tonight. First names of all 30 guys who've gone to the NBA over the last seven years are on them. pic.twitter.com/ywSWnjvAMw— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) October 9, 2016
Calipari tweeted out a picture of his new custom-made Nike sneakers Sunday that feature the first names of every one of his former players that moved on to play at the next level after spending time under his watch in Lexington.
For those who need a refresher on the former Wildcats who recently called Kentucky home, below is a list of the 28 players who were drafted from 2010-16. It's quite a group of talent that includes three All-Stars and last year's Rookie of the Year.
|Jamal Murray (2016)||Skal Labissiere (2016)|
|Tyler Ulis (2016)||Karl-Anthony Towns (2015)|
|Willie Cauley-Stein (2015)||Trey Lyles (2015)|
|Devin Booker (2015)||Andrew Harrison (2015)|
|Dakari Johnson (2015)||Julius Randle (2014)|
|James Young (2014)||Nerlens Noel (2013)|
|Archie Goodwin (2013)||Anthony Davis (2012)|
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (2012)||Terrence Jones (2012)|
|Marquis Teague (2012)||Doron Lamb (2012)|
|Darius Miller (2012)||Enes Kanter (2011)|
|Brandon Knight (2011)||Josh Harrellson (2011)|
|DeAndre Liggins (2011)||John Wall (2010)|
|DeMarcus Cousins (2010)||Patrick Patterson (2010)|
|Eric Bledsoe (2010)||Daniel Orton (2010)|
Calipari followed up the tweet showing off the sneakers with a hint that he plans on auctioning them off for charity.
I may auction them off for charity. I may not. Pretty special shoes. I'll let the #BBN know.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) October 9, 2016