By LARRY VAUGHT
Almost 500 participants, parents and fans attended the University of Kentucky’s basketball camp at Franklin County High School in Frankfort Sunday before the Cats took the R.J. Corman train back to Lexington with a much longer than anticipated stop in Midway.
Kentucky coach John Calipari had not been on the same train ride in 2012 showing off the national championship trophy his team won.
This time he had about a 45-minute stop planned for Midway for the players to meet and greet fans. However, so many fans showed up that the Cats stayed almost twice as long as anticipated before heading back to Lexington.
Players were not available to the media during the camp, train ride or stop in Midway. However, recent Stanford graduate transfer Reid Travis shared this in a video posted on Twitter by UK basketball.
“It was a great day meeting all the fans that came out today. For me, it was especially important to get to meet everybody for the first time. I really do see the power of Big Blue Nation now,” Travis said.
Calipari had his players stop at the Capitol in Frankfort and the team took a picture on the Capitol steps.
“We just got done with our Satellite Camp in Frankfort in front of about 500 people when you include all the parents that stayed. (LOL!) We stopped at the capitol building afterwards to remind the guys who we’re playing for: the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” Calipari posted on Twitter along with the team photo.
During the camp at Frankfort, Calipari again emphasized he believes this team can be speical.
“My hope is, this is one of those teams that we talk about for the next 20 years,” Calipari said. “I’m getting a good vibe from this group. … I’m excited. Normally, in the summer I back up and I get away, but with this group I told them, I’m kind of excited to be around them.”
Calipari said they did some “team building” on the train ride from Lexington to Frankfort and he let the players mingle with fans for a specific reason.