Report: Wildcats seal deal for a proven winner

Another homegrown player on UK’s roster next season will enter as a proven winner.
It’s been a crazy trip for Kentucky basketball fans over the last few days, following another early exit from the NCAA Tournament.

The Big Blue Nation waited on pins and needles all weekend for John Calipari’s response.

On Monday evening, UK’s head coach shared some thoughts on his approach for next season, as well as admiration for his incoming class of freshmen.

It’s fair if you couldn’t bear the thought of watching any basketball after Kentucky’s defeat to Oakland, but if you could, the KHSAA Boys Sweet 16 at Rupp Arena did not disappoint, especially if you’re a University of Kentucky fan.

Travis Perry of Lyon County put on an incredible performance and brought the greatest hardware back to his little community.
Calipari was impressed with Perry when he discussed the KHSAA title run with Tom Leach on his Monday night radio show.

“I told Travis’ father, Ryan (Perry), who coaches the team, ‘What an accomplishment.'” He has had the squad together since they were in seventh and eighth grade. They just remained together. He has a gym on his property. Travis was a gamer when he was little. Coach Cal stated while also reminding listeners that Lyon County High School has less than 300 pupils.

It still amazes me that Travis Perry scored 5,481 points in his high school career, making him Kentucky’s all-time greatest scorer. I feel like I could be left wide open season after season and still not be able to produce the stats that Perry has.

Will he be ready to play next season, like fellow Kentuckian Reed Sheppard?

Only time will tell, but recall that Reed Sheppard was the national freshman of the year. It’s unfair to place so much responsibility on a young player, but Travis Perry appears to be exactly what John Calipari characterized him as: a gamer.

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