8 NBA Cats to play in Rupp

On August 15th a star studded cast of current NBA players will invaded Rupp Arema. Eight former Cats, and current NBA professionals, will play the Dominican Republic's national team. The Dominican team will feature some former Kentucky foes and current NBA players.

Kentucky coach John Calipari announced via Twitter late Wednesday night that eight former Kentucky Wildcats will take on the Dominican Republic's national team at Rupp Arena on August 15th.

The former Cats who will be playing in the game feature a group that have some rather lofty accomplishments on their resumes.

The UK alumni will be coached by Sam Bowie and Joe B. Hall. Calipari will be coaching the Dominican team.

Playing for the Cats will be:

-Nazr Mohammed, who in three years at Kentucky came away with two NCAA title rings sandwiched around an NCAA runner-up finish. Mohammed played with the Oklahoma City Thunder this past season.

-Tayshaun Prince, who was an All American at Kentucky as a junior and as a senior prior to being drafted by the Detroit Pistons, where he has played his entire career, and being a primary player in their run to an NBA championship.

-Keith Bogans, who led the Wildcats to an Elite Eight finish in that magical 2003 season that was derailed by a Bogans ankle injury. Bogans played for the Chicago Bulls, where he provided long range shooting, veteran leadership and played tough defense for a youthful team making its deepest playoff run since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen played for Chicago.

-Rajon Rondo, who won an NBA title with the Boston Celtics. Rondo has been the youthful presence on an aging Boston Celtics team, and made a remarkable reappearance in a game during this season's playoffs after dislocating his elbow. Rondo is one of the quickest point guards in the NBA.

-Jodie Meeks, owner of the single game scoring record and the single game record for made threes at Kentucky. Meeks was an All American as a junior at Kentucky, his final season in Lexington prior to declaring for the draft. Meeks came into his own this season, and made the team much more potent, after the Philadelphia 76ers inserted him into their starting lineup.

-John Wall, who played just one season with the Wildcats before being picked first overall by the Washington Wizards in the 2010 draft. During his one season in Lexington Wall was an All American, won various Player of the Year awards, named SEC Player of the Year by both the media and the coaches. Wall played a huge role in leading Kentucky back to prominence as the squad advanced to the Elite Eight just one season following being an NIT team.

-DeMarcus Cousins, played just one season at Kentucky, shared All American billing with teammate John Wall and was drafted 5th by the Sacramento Kings in the 2010 draft.

-Eric Bledsoe, who started alongside fellow point guard John Wall in the Kentucky back court during his one season in Lexington. Bledsoe was drafted just outside the lottery at 18 by Oklahoma City, before being dealt to the LA Clippers. Bledsoe was a pleasant surprise for the Clippers averaging 6.7 points and 3.6 assists while starting 25 games for the team.

Calipari will not be without NBA talent on his bench. Playing for the Dominican team will be NBA stars Al Horford, Francisco Garcia, and Charlie Villanueva.

Calipari is planning a special night for Kentucky fans and former Kentucky players as he has invited every former Kentucky player to attend the event to be honored.

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