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Drake joins layup line at Kentucky’s ‘Big Blue Madness’ (VIDEO)

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For the last few years Drake has been a fixture at Kentucky basketball events, with his relationship with head coach John Calipari being one of the reasons as to why. Of course he was at the program’s Big Blue Madness event Friday evening, donning a warmup suit (just like the one the players wore) and being introduced to the crowd along with the players and Calipari.

This also led to Drake taking part in the team layup lines before the players got going with some 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 action in front of a sold-out Rupp Arena. And as one would expect, things didn’t go so well for Drake as his first shot attempt failed to draw iron.

To be fair, following up an impressive dunk is tough. And if you can read lips, you can tell that’s exactly how Drake felt prior to his shot attempt. Drake’s appearance can fire up the students in attendance, and also the current players he’s likely already established relationships with. But it can also have an impact on recruits, and some of the nation’s best players are visiting Kentucky this weekend.

Those players are 2015 prospects Jaylen Brown, Carlton Bragg, Brandon Ingram, Charles Matthews (Kentucky commit), Malik Newman and Stephen Zimmerman, and 2016 guard Tyus Battle.

Two players who didn’t make the trip to Lexington: 2015 center Caleb Swanigan and 2016 forward Jayson Tatum. Here are their tweets regarding Drake’s appearance at Big Blue Madness:

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h/t The Sporting News

Drake celebrates with Kentucky in locker room after Final Four win (VIDEO)

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Recording artist Drake has been a visible Kentucky fan. Maybe he’s not as loyal of a Kentucky fan like actress Ashley Judd is, but he considers himself one.

He’s has developed a strong bond with Kentucky head coach John Calipari over the years. Coach Cal even attended Drake’s high school graduation. That relationship has apparently earned him all-access around UK, such as entering the locker room moments after a thrilling 74-73 win over Wisconsin in the Final Four on Saturday night.

Drake says John Calipari attended his high school graduation, gave him a Kentucky jersey (VIDEO)

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Drake was on the ESPN First Take set today to talk about his involvement in sports, such as his friendship with LeBron James, and his weekend in Toronto with Johnny Manziel.

The musician’s relationship with John Calipari in the Kentucky Wildcats has been well-documented. Drake has made the trip to Lexington many times, and there are numerous photos of the two together. But on Tuesday, he mentioned just how close the two are. Drake recently graduated high school, and Coach Cal — as if he was a blue chip prospect — hopped on a plane and was in attendance for his graduation in Canada.

“He’s a great man,” Drake told Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith.

He also mentioned Calipari presented him with a Kentucky jersey, though as Drew Franklin from Kentucky Sports Radio points out later in the day Drake missed three open net goals while still on the ESPN campus, so offering him a spot on the team won’t be necessary.