Drake’s been closely involved with the Kentucky basketball team since John Calipari took over, and it shouldn’t be any wonder why.
Drake, who is a protege of Lil’ Wayne and currently one of the most famous and popular rappers, not only received a championship ring from the school, but he returned to the campus this weekend to take part in an alumni game as a celebrity head coach, opposite John Wall. His team — which included Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins — went on to win, but, as Drake tells it, he’s gotten something even bigger out of his association with the ‘Cats.
“Kentucky gave me a real home. I actually dropped out of high school,” Drake told CN2 in Kentucky (video below). “I don’t know if a lot of people know that. I never really got like, a great school experience. When coach Cal asked me to come out here for the first Midnight Madness, it just really gave me a sense of school, a sense of love, a sense of belonging to something. That’s why I feel like I belong to the UK family. That’s why I’m graduating high school this month. I’m definitely inspired by UK.”
With the amount of money he’s got coming in, I doubt that he’ll ever need that education, let alone to actually work a day in his life. That said, good for him. Valuing education is important, and I hope that he makes a big deal out of this. If it, in turn, inspires just a handful of his fans to stay in school and graduate, than it was the right decision to make.
Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.