Alumni Game highlights huge week for UK

One of the traditions John Calipari has established during his time in Lexington is bringing back former Wildcats whenever possible to play with his current team and give back to the fan base.

One of the traditions John Calipari has established during his time in Lexington is bringing back former Wildcats whenever possible to play with his current team and give back to the community.

On Monday, Rupp Arena will open its doors for the UK Alumni Charity Game, which is poised to raise upwards of $800,000 dollars for a growing list of special charities.

This year's game is particularly intriguing. As opposed to UK's mixed "all-star" games in the past, it will pit members of Calipari's 2010 Elite Eight squad against members of the 2012 national championship team. Due to NBA rules, the players cannot be promoted in advance of the event, but several former stars are expected to be back in Lexington.

While they are back in town, the alumni will also get the opportunity to size up the current Kentucky team, which is primed and ready to make a national championship run of its own. Several reports have already been rolling in about how impressed the former players are with the new Cats.

It's also a key weekend for Calipari & Co. to make a strong impression on potential future Cats who will be visiting for the event. Several highly-regarded recruits will be in town, including the No. 1 player in the Class of 2014, Chicago center Jahlil Okafor, who will be on his official visit.

The Cats are also playing host to five-star Chicago point guard Tyler Ullis and five-star Mississippi shooting guard Devin Booker from the Class of 2014. A pair of juniors, five-star Chicago guard Charles Matthews and five-star Philadelphia swingman Derrick Jones, are also expected to be in attendance for unofficial visits.

It's arguably the biggest recruiting weekend of the year for the Wildcats, rivaling Big Blue Madness in October.

According to UK, advanced ticket sales have reached nearly 17,000 in the weeks leading up to the Alumni Game, but there are plenty of upper level seats still available.

The game is set to tip at 7:00 p.m. ET, but fans should be sure to arrive early, as a group of older former stars will face an all-star team pieced together from the John Calipari Fantasy Camp that comes to a conclusion on Monday.

Several UK legends, including Kenny "Sky" Walker, Jack "Goose" Givens, Wayne Turner, Andre Riddick, Jared Prickett, Randolph Morris, Perry Stevenson, and Ramon Harris, are all rumored to be participating in the preliminary event that is scheduled to begin at 5:15 p.m. on Monday.


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