At the end of the season, there was some question as to whether or not Bam would be drafted in the first round, but he ended up a lottery pick, thanks in part to Calipari believing in him. "Never doubt myself," Bam said of Cal's advice. "He always told me to stay positive and everything would work out." Bam made a drastic jump in the mocks in the past few days, which he credited to his improved shooting in workouts. "I improved my shooting. Everybody thought I couldn't shoot then I got in these workouts and everyone was shocked." What was it like for Bam to share this night with De'Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, and Calipari? "We're like brothers so this is our graduation again. Just being here, Cal being one of our dads. Just this experience, it's wonderful."
Bam Adebayo to the Miami Heat! pic.twitter.com/rMuzHSEQWG— Tyler Thompson (@MrsTylerKSR) June 23, 2017
Bam Adebayo on UK brotherhood: "We're like brothers, this is our graduation. Just being here, Calipari being one of our dads" pic.twitter.com/3gMhGdjYQq— Tyler Thompson (@MrsTylerKSR) June 23, 2017