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Kentucky To Participate In GLOBL JAM In Canada This Summer

Updated: Jun 25, 2023

We've got Kentucky Basketball happening this summer, again! The school confirmed this morning a report that had been circulating around for a few weeks now. One that was said in a slip-up by Assistant Coach Chin Coleman when he filled in for the final segment on the John Calipari radio show as the team prepped to head to the NCAA Tournament in March. I don't think the program wanted that news out at that time exactly, but Coleman slipped up and mentioned a tournament "in Toronto" this summer which had fans speculating ever since. Well now, the news is official.

The men's basketball program will participate in 2023 GLOBL JAM taking place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, which is scheduled for July 12-16 at Toronto’s Mattamy Athletic Centre. Canada Basketball, in partnership with the National Association of Basketball Coaches, invited the Wildcats to represent the United States in a world-class international basketball showcase featuring Under-23 teams from around the world.

When asked what the invitation meant to UK, John Calipari said, “We’re so appreciative of the NABC and Canada Basketball for the invitation to participate in the GLOBL JAM." He continued with, "They have put together a field full of talented and tough teams that will begin to help us prepare for the upcoming season, while also providing us with another special trip for not only our team but for our fans as well. On behalf of everyone at the University of Kentucky and our team, we’re honored to represent the United States and we’re excited to get to Toronto and take part in this terrific event.”

Some additional details for the event were also put out by UK in a press release: In addition to Canada and the United States, GLOBL JAM will feature an African contingent and Germany on the men’s side. Teams will compete in a round-robin format July 12-15, followed by a bronze and gold medal championship game on July 16.

Here are the dates and times that we know of as of today. Mark your calendars now.

If you're looking to make the trip yourself, there will be a 'Team USA Gold Pack' available for purchase which will include access to all of UK’s round robin games, as well as the gold medal championship game. Tickets are now on sale through Ticketmaster starting at less than $20 per session for two games. This will mark the fourth summer exhibition series the Wildcats have participated in under Calipari. The Cats played in The Bahamas in each of their last three trips away from home, including last summer when UK went 4-0 at the Baha Mar resort in August.

If member serves me correctly, Kentucky has had plenty of recruits come from across the border in its history that have done quite well here. Those names consist of, Jamaal Magloire (1997-2000), Trey Lyles (2015), Jamal Murray (2016), Mychal Mulder (2016-17) and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2018).

“Kentucky is among the most storied programs in men’s college basketball history, and will serve as a fitting representative for our country and our sport on this prominent international stage," said NABC Executive Director Craig Robinson.



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