UK Men's Basketball

Calipari discusses walk-ons

University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari announced on his blog that he is considering offering a scholarship to walk-on Mark Krebs while reiterating his practice of rarely having walk-ons on his teams.

The UK coach did not mention three other walk-ons, Adam Delph, Dwight Perry and Matt Scherbenske.

Delph told the Courier-Journal he is leaving.

"It's Coach Cal's call, and he made it," Delph told the Louisville paper.

Delph said Calipari and his staff were "nothing but nice" in breaking the news, and said that they've offered to help him in his efforts to transfer.

On his Twitter page, Perry wrote, "Thanks to the whole big blue nation for the support over the past 3yrs. This has been a great experience that I will be forever greatful for."

Calipari explained his philosophy about walk-ons in a late afternoon post on his blog.

"In my 17 years of college coaching, I have very rarely had walk-ons and when I have it's usually been another student-athlete, who could help us in practice or game situations because of his size, speed or skill level," Calipari wrote. "I find my practices run at optimum performance when there are 12-13 players. Any more than that and we're not able to accomplish what I want in each practice."

Calipari went on to say, "In meeting with the most recent group of walk-ons, we let all of them know how much the UK family appreciated their hard work and dedication to Wildcat basketball."

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