Kentucky Wildcats Practice at Drake’s Toronto Mansion:
The University of Kentucky men’s basketball team had a unique practice experience during their stay in Canada. As representatives of the United States in the 2023 GLOBL JAM showcase tournament, the team found themselves practicing at the Toronto mansion of none other than Canadian rapper Drake, who has been a longtime supporter of the Kentucky Wildcats.
Drake, whose real name is Aubrey Graham, has expressed his love for the Wildcats in his music, even mentioning “rocking Kentucky blue” in his 2015 song “Scholarship.” He has formed a friendship with head coach John Calipari and has previously joined the team for a warm-up session, where he famously air-balled a three-pointer.
With Drake currently on tour, he graciously offered his mansion to the Wildcats, allowing them to practice on his basketball court. It was an exciting opportunity for the team to enjoy the amenities of Drake’s luxurious home and bond together in a unique setting.
After the productive practice session, Coach Calipari shared a video on social media. In the video, he and the players relaxed by the pool, with Drake’s record label, October’s Very Own (OVO), polo shirts proudly worn by the coach. The background music playing was “Having Our Way” by Migos, which features Drake himself.
Expressing gratitude, Coach Calipari tweeted, “Thanks to my friend @Drake for opening his home to our team today!!” It was a memorable experience for the Wildcats to be able to practice and unwind at Drake’s mansion, further strengthening the bond between the team and the rapper.
However, the relationship between Drake and the university has had its complications in the past. In 2015, the school sent Drake a cease-and-desist letter after he took a photo with a recruit. Additionally, a violation was issued to the university when Drake posed for a picture with Tyler Ulis, who was academically ineligible at the time of the photo. These incidents prompted the university to take action to maintain compliance with NCAA regulations.
While the team enjoyed this unique practice opportunity at Drake’s mansion, it is important to note that it shouldn’t be perceived as special treatment. Drake’s generous offer stems from his support and friendship with the program, and his immense wealth, estimated at around $250 million, certainly doesn’t hurt.
The Kentucky Wildcats continue to prepare for the 2023 GLOBL JAM showcase tournament, representing the United States with the support of their fans, including their famous Canadian friend, Drake. As they strive for success on the court, this memorable practice experience at Drake’s mansion will surely be an unforgettable highlight of their journey.