Kentucky Madness

Kentucky pulled out all the stops once again for its annual "Big Blue Madness" on Friday night at Rupp Arena, highlighted by a dazzling light show, digital championship banners, a parade of five-star recruits and an appearance by one of the Wildcats' biggest celebrity fans.

The nation's top senior basketball prospect, Georgia forward Jaylen Brown, was among a star-studded group of visitors that also included Mississippi sharpshooter Malik Newman, Las Vegas 7-footer Stephen Zimmerman, Ohio power forward Carlton Bragg and North Carolina forward Brandon Ingram, as multi-platinum recording artist Drake helped John Calipari and his No. 1 ranked Wildcats welcome a new season.

Introducing the UK boss to the sold-out crowd of almost 23,000, Drake called Calipari "the godfather for those who bleed blue" and "the George Clooney of the hardwood."

Calipari then borrowed a move from the hip-hop world, foresaking one of his long "State of the Big Blue Nation" speeches in favor of a short clip from the 2009 event before proclaiming "Enough talk! Let's ball," and dropping the mic.

The talent-laden Cats went through some 3-on-3 drills before a crowd-pleasing scrimmage that showcased why they will enter the season as the odds-on favorite to win the national championship. Fans got a sneak peak of that talent during a six-game exhibition tour of the Bahamas this summer, but this time the team featured junior center Willie Cauley-Stein and five-star freshman forward Trey Lyles, both of whom were recovering from injuries the last time we saw UK on the court.

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