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John Calipari’s $7,500 fantasy camp gives fans chance to experience life of Kentucky players

Jun 5, 2012, 1:07 PM EDT

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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to walk a mile in Anthony Davis’ shoes? Want to be in the center of the national spotlight for the reigning national champions?

Most importantly, do you have $7,500 in disposable income?

If you’ve checked “yes” for all of the above, you might enjoy the John Calipari Basketball Experience, a four-day weekend that offers “unprecedented access to Coach Cal and the inner workings of UK basketball,” allows you to “attend private social functions,” and the chance to play tournaments and games at Rupp Arena.

We’ve seen events like this in college basketball, notably from Bill Self at Kansas and Mike Krzyzewski at Duke. It seems like a fantasy experience for the typical “super fan,” the grown man who goes to every game at Rupp, face painted and all, or the woman who dyes her hair blue and gets an “I <3 ‘Cats” tattoo.

According to the website, those who attend also get an “exclusive swag bag of NIKE branded UK apparel and gear,” and “expert coaching from UK basketball staff, UK legends and national, elite level guest coaches.”

Is it worth $7,500? If you have a certain credit card affiliation, they’ll be glad to knock off another $1,500. It’s a bargain compared to Coach K’s camp, which will lighten your pockets by $10,000.

There are only 80 spots available. Get that phone ready.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. tbih - Jun 5, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    What a great idea for a Camp…I’ve gotten ahold of the agenda. Some of my favorite sessions are:

    “How to Deal With the Disappointment of Having Your Tournament Wins Vacated”

    “What is My Adult Life Going to Be Since I Didn’t Graduate”

    “Time Management: How to Spend All That Free Time Since You Won’t Be Going to Class”

    and my personal favorite: “Rolling Out the Balls and Drinking Coffee: How Coach Cal Prepares for Practice”

  2. imforbigblue - Jun 5, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Wow you sound really butt hurt my friend but don’t worry it will only get worse for you and the crappy team your a fan of because UK and Cal ain’t going any where any time soon. It’s great seeing all the hate just shows UK is back on top again!!

  3. silverdeer - Jun 6, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Rumor has it that the camp cost is actually $12500, but you start out the camp by receiving a 5k signing bonus.

  4. cranespy - Jun 6, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Hmmm….thought sure there would be sessions on Media Relations “It’s never been about ME”…….and Dodgeball “We are UK we don’t go play in cracker box gyms like Indiana’s”…..or better still….a session on Recruiting “You mean I really don’t have to go to SCHOOL”

  5. imforbigblue - Jun 6, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Wow do your guys butts hurt that bad? I know you all wish you had half the wins have the titles and half the players we get but damn your haters. It’s ok keep wishing our down fall we still have 8 how many do you have?

  6. cardsglory - Jun 6, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    What is it with you and the phrase butthurt? Interesting.

  7. vikes69 - Jun 8, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    coach cal has 1 title so half of those would be .5 titles. too bad im a unc fan and Williams has more titles than then your cheater

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