Wizards’ Wall Drops 40 In Cats’ Alumni Game
On Monday, 12 former Coach Cal players returned to Rupp Arena to play in the second annual UK Alumni Charity Game. At the end of the first quarter, Calipari summoned them all – along with “assistant coaches” DeMarcus Cousins and Eric Bledsoe — to midcourt to present more than $1 million raised through the event.
“It’s a state of basketball,” John Wall said, “so it’s not surprising to me knowing that anytime you put something together and this great group of guys come back, it’s all like a brotherhood. Coach Cal and the University of Kentucky do a great job of getting everybody organized and putting stuff together. I’m happy to have the opportunity to come back and have fun and put on a show for the fans.”
Led by Wall – flashing the same speed and athleticism that helped reestablish UK basketball among the nation’s elite – the Blue team defeated White, 111-95. Wall led all scorers with 40 points – proving his former backcourt mate wrong – adding 10 rebounds and 10 assists to tally the triple-double that evaded him in college as Blue built a lead that grew to as large as nine points in the fourth quarter.
“E. Bled (Eric Bledsoe) told me I wasn’t going for 40 so I just tried to get 40,” Wall said.