Brian Long, one of Kentucky's two walk-on players, found his way from New Jersey to Kentucky through his family's relationship with Wildcat's Coach John Calipari. "I've known Coach Cal my whole life," Long said.
Question: How did your father and Coach Cal know each other?
Answer: My father and Coach Cal first met at Five-Star Camp. Both were coaching.
Q: Does being the son of a high school coach give you an advantage?
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A: I was always in the gym watching his teams play, and watching my brothers play. They were always giving me their thoughts, and my father was my coach, so he was giving me his thoughts. Being coached by all of them made me a better person.
Q: What basketball options did you have coming out of high school?
A: I probably could have gone D-III. Nothing big. So this was, by far, my best option.
Q: Why are you, the youngest of three brothers, named after your father?
A: My father, at first, didn't want two (Brians). I guess he kind of folded with me.
Q: Did your father's teams use the dribble-drive offense?
A: He was different. He tried to control the game, work to get the best shot and try to get a layup. And win it on the defensive end and control the tempo. Run your offense, and keep running it till you get your layup. We had the dribble-drive whenever we needed it.
Q: How often did your high school team use it?
A: Probably 20 percent of the game.
Q: Your father played for Eddie Sutton at Creighton. When Sutton was UK coach, he annoyed fans by ordering a seven-pass rule, that is no shot until at least seven passes were made. Did your father have such a rule for his high school teams?
A: He put that in on us. I don't know what I did to get him mad that time. He was on me. He expected a lot of me. To run the team. He expected me not to make mental mistakes, so he'd holler. I took it. That's fine. I knew where it was coming from and what I had to do.