UK pros game nearing final deal

The UK pros vs. Dominican national team game isn’t official yet, but it’s about to be.

“Today, we are meeting with the client,” said Carl Hall, Rupp Arena’s director of event management. “We are finalizing the last pieces of the contract.”

That includes a final list of the participating players and possible TV information. Hall told the Kernel a final deal should be reached within the next four hours.

(UPDATE: Hall has confirmed to John Clay that the game is official, and a list of the participating players will be released Thursday.)

The organization in charge of the event is ProCamps Worldwide. The group usually does athlete camps — including UK men’s basketball head coach John Caliparis Camp that featured Brandon Knight, DeAndre Liggins and Josh Harrellson — and it is their first exhibition game they are directing.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime game,” said ProCamp’s Julie Roberts, director of sales and media, of why the group decided to direct this game.

Hall said the game has cleared “significant hurdles” to get to this point, including the relative inexperience of ProCamps and finding a date that fit a majority of the NBA player’s schedules, but didn’t anticipate any last-minute hangups.

While early discussions about the game included the possibility of having former Calipari-coached, non-UK players on the team, it is now expected to be all NBA players with direct UK connections.

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