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Drake’s UK Championship Ring – U Weren’t With Them Shooting In the Gym

July 31, 2012 – Allen Moll

It’s no secret that hip-hop icon/rapper Drake is a staunch supporter of the University of Kentucky hoops program.  He’s a regular at many UK home games, sometimes sitting in the vicinity of the Kentucky bench and very close to arguably the Wildcat’s biggest celebrity fan Ashley Judd.

But just how does the Toronto born musician and actor have the pleasure of receiving his very own personalized Wildcats Championship ring?  As Drake and Rick Ross say……he wasn’t with them shooting in the gym.

Besides the fact that Drake, born Aubrey Drake Graham, has been a longtime personal friend of John Calipari dating back to his time at Memphis, the move to award Drake a Championship ring is ingenious.

Think about it, the one key ingredient in Coach Cal’s success in Lexington is continued top notch recruiting of 18 year old young men.  What (or who) do most, if not all, high school aged students listen to?…Drizzy Drake.  The man has already had twelve #1 hits on Billboard’s Charts.

The move is also a form of free advertising since in the modern age of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, potentially millions of followers will now catch a glimpse of the awesome gem encrusted championship ring.  To a potential recruit, having a chance at winning a chip like this one may sway a player to committing to UK.

Check out Drizzy’s Personalized UK Championship Ring:

Allen Moll has been a lifelong NBA and NCAA College Basketball fan who watches and studies games religiously, and coaches youth basketball in his native Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania.  Allen has also provided content to,,, CSN, Buckets Magazine, in addition to being a tenured NBA and NCAA columnist for

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