The University of Kentucky basketball program has requested to Drake that he stay as far away from their potential recruits as possible. An ardent bandwagoner of the Wildcats’ program, Drake has hung out in Kentucky’s locker room, suited up with the players for an exhibition game, and even took part in pregame layup lines.
However, Drake’s desires to be cool with high school kids who potential could sign with Kentucky has put the program in jeopardy of violating recruiting bylaws.
As a result, the school sent him a cease-and-desist letter after his appearance at the school’s Big Blue Madness event.
‘Kentucky’s compliance office self-reported the impermissible communication between Drake and three potential student-athletes (PSAs) on April 27, according to a letter obtained by Sporting News as part of an open records request.
According to the details in the letter, Drake and his management team arrived at Rupp Arena prior to the event’s tipoff and were advised that “NCAA rules prohibited the institution from arranging contact between him and the PSAs as this would be an NCAA violation.” After informing the three recruits in town for Big Blue Madness that they were not allowed to have contact with Drake, athletic directors went as far as trying to coordinate who would be in the hallways to ensure that they did not cross paths.
After Big Blue Madness concluded, Drake “headed back toward the locker room to say goodbye to the head coach (who wasn’t there)” and “PSA #3 (whom Sporting News identified as four-star shooting guard commit Charles Matthews) approached Graham and requested a picture.”
Coach John Calipari, however, still wants Drake to be around.
There are no issues with @Drake and UK, and Drake is and always will be a part of our Big Blue family. I hope to see him on campus soon.
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) July 22, 2015