Friday night was a blue carpet event in Lexington.
A packed Rupp Arena officially welcomed in a new crop of five-star recruits to Kentucky. De’Aaron Fox, Bam Adebayo, Malik Monk and Sacha Killeya-Jones all made their Big Blue Madness debut, while the likes of John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins made cameos in what has become a fall marketing tool for John Calipari. According to Ben Roberts of the Lexington Herald-Leader, prized recruits Quade Green, Kevin Knox, Nick Richards, PJ Washington and Trae Young were all in attendance.
Previous Big Blue Madness have seen Drake airball a wide-open, uncontested 3-pointer during warmups. For this rendition, the iconic ring announcer, Michael Buffer, introduced the 2016-17 Wildcats.
Kentucky, a team projected to open the season in the top-3, officially begins the season on November 11 against Stephen F. Austin.