Kahlil Whitney

Kahlil Whitney defends against a camper trying to score during a drill at the UK satellite camp in Louisville. | Photo by Jeremy Chisenhall

Kentucky basketball head coach John Calipari brought his team to the Christian Academy of Louisville on Friday to work with children from the area during the UK satellite camp tour.

The satellite camp in Louisville was the last stop on a series of 10 camps around the state. Nine Wildcats, Calipari and a couple of assistant coaches were on hand to work with the kids and run through basketball drills. Calipari was also available to sign autographs for parents and camp members.

“This does two things: It’s good for our kids to see what people think of them and this program, and the second thing, for us, is to leave our campus and to come to people and say, ‘hey, we appreciate you,’ ” Calipari said. “We’ve gone all over the state, and it’s been fun.”

Calipari and the Wildcats also did the satellite tour last year, and the popularity of it warranted a return. The Wildcats spent three hours working with boys and girls ages 7 to 17.

“It’s funny, we’ll have 180 kids come here, but each of them has four adults with them,” Calipari said. “So they come and take pictures and do all this stuff. The team pictures where the parents get to take their child with the team always is a fun thing to watch, and then just seeing them run up and down and have fun playing basketball.”

This stop on the tour came immediately after the NBA Draft, which Calipari attended to see three of his now-former players get drafted. PJ Washington was drafted 12th overall to the Charlotte Hornets, Tyler Herro was drafted 13th overall to the Miami Heat and Keldon Johnson was drafted 29th overall to the San Antonio Spurs.

Check out photos from the camp below.