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Saturday / June 24.
  • John Calipari Uses Devin Booker’s 70-Point Night as Kentucky Recruiting Pitch

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    Leave it to John Calipari to use Devin Booker’s 70-point night as a recruiting pitch.

    That’s why the guy’s a genius when it comes to promoting the Kentucky brand (as one of the ESPN hosts pointed out on Saturday).

    “He goes for 70 tonight,” Calipari said Friday after Kentucky’s 86-75 win over UCLA in the Sweet 16 in Memphis. “How you get 70? Like you showed up our team. We just had a great win and they’re going to be talking about Devin Booker all night now.”

    Kentucky had 24 players on NBA opening-night rosters and Calipari has often talked about wanting Kentucky products to make up half of the NBA All-Star Game.

    Kentucky has four players in Wednesday’s McDonald’s All-American GameQuade Green, Nick Richards, Jarred Vanderbilt and P.J. Washington — and remains in the mix for uncommitted McDonald’s All-Americans Mohamed Bamba and Kevin Knox. The game is set for Wednesday in Chicago.

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    Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.