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John Calipari on the Passing of Mike Pratt

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Mike Pratt, a UK Athletics Hall of Famer and men’s basketball radio color analyst, passed away Thursday. Pratt was 73 years old.

“We lost a family member, a part of the Kentucky family and a friend. If you ever had the pleasure of meeting Mike Pratt, you knew what a special person he was,” UK head coach John Calipari said. “Mike was a dear friend to me and was an integral part in helping me become head coach here. Ellen and I will forever be grateful to him for his support and kindness. We should all be thankful that he was in our lives. Mike knew that the University and the Big Blue Nation loved him, and they never forgot what he did as a player and then later as a connection for the program. I’m going to miss him.”

As a player at UK from 1967-70, Pratt averaged 16.8 points and 8.9 rebounds in 81 career games. He recorded 29 double-doubles in his career.

Since the 2001-02 season, Pratt has been the radio color analyst for men’s basketball games alongside Tom Leach.


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