Kenny Walker on John Calipari

Former UK All-American Kenny Walker played for Pitino in the NBA. He's still friends with the current Louisville coach and is an avid UK fan. He likes the idea of having Calipari at Kentucky. "He is really just a little younger version of Rick Pitino.

Former UK All-American Kenny Walker played for Pitino in the NBA. He's still friends with the current Louisville coach and is an avid UK fan. He likes the idea of having Calipari at Kentucky. "He is really just a little younger version of Rick Pitino.

He has a very charismatic personality. He's a great communicator. He's a great motivator. He's a proven recruiter. Those are all things you need at the University of Kentucky," said Walker.

"He really has all the qualities you need for this job. He's very good with fans and the media. He relates well to the players. He is the complete package."

Walker admits he might have initially preferred to have Florida's Billy Donovan or Michigan State's Tom Izzo as the next coach after Billy Gillispie was fired lasts week after two seasons. However, Walker became intrigued with Calipari for one reason.

‘I want a guy that wants to be here and he made it clear that he wants to be here," Walker said. "All I have heard about Calipari is how much fun it is to play for him and that's what college basketball is about. Get an education, get some exposure for yourself and have fun. Then take it to the next level if you can.

"He will get guys to do that and make it pleasant experience for them, and I don't think that has been the case at Kentucky the last two years."


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