Ex-Cats

Team of former UK players to compete in $2 million basketball tournament

Former Kentucky stars Tony Delk, left and Derek Anderson were honored at Rupp Arena in 2013 during a ring ceremony for the 1996 national championship team. Anderson will coach the Bluegrass Boys, a team of former Kentucky stars, in a national tournament this summer.
Former Kentucky stars Tony Delk, left and Derek Anderson were honored at Rupp Arena in 2013 during a ring ceremony for the 1996 national championship team. Anderson will coach the Bluegrass Boys, a team of former Kentucky stars, in a national tournament this summer. mcornelison@herald-leader.com

In a YouTube video posted Friday by Kentucky Wildcats TV, Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari voiced his support for the “Bluegrass Boys,” a UK alumni team that will compete this summer in a national event dubbed The Basketball Tournament.

Five out of a possible 11 players have been named to the team: Marquis Teague, Perry Stevenson, Joe Crawford, Ramel Bradley and Kevin Galloway.

Former Wildcat Mark Krebs is the general manager of the Bluegrass Boys, which will be coached by former UK star Derek Anderson.

In the video, Calipari made a plea for ex-Cats to participate.

“They need to get the other guys together,” Calipari said. “What about Darius (Miller), DeAndre (Liggins), Josh (Harrellson). What about Doron (Lamb), Eloy (Vargas), some of my guys.”

The Basketball Tournament is a 64-team tournament, which starts July 9, and is open to anyone. It is divided into four regions: Northeast, South, Midwest and West. The semifinals (July 30) and finals (Aug. 2) will be televised by ESPN.

To qualify, a team must receive at least 200 fan votes and have seven players on the roster by June 1. Fans can vote at this website: bit.ly/BluegrassBoys.

The grand prize is $2 million. One hundred fans of the winning team will split $200,000, according to the event’s website.

“Put that team together, they’re not losing,” Calipari said. “Two million dollars? Wow.”

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