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Could John Calipari be the next Dick Vitale? The ears say yes

Cameron Smith
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There's little doubt that Kentucky coach John Calipari knows what he'll doing for some years to come, whether it be at Kentucky or another location. The man is a heck of a coach, and not a bad recruiter to boot.

In fact, Coach Cal is renowned for burning up the miles to get to as many games featuring top prospects as he possibly can. It's an admirable pursuit, and one he clearly attacks with relish. What Prep Rally never realized before was just how captivating he is during those games. In fact, it seems to hard to argue that Calipari would be anything but an unbelievable color commentator if and when he eventually does walk away from the bench.

Just check out the clip above, which was shot during the City of Palms tournament, where Calipari was watching Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman School and its national top prospect, Shabazz Muhammad, take on Prestonwood (Texas) Christian School, which stars the likes of Kansas signee Zach Peters and junior superstar Julian Randle.

Calipari has a pretty distinctive voice, so it's not too hard to pick out who he is on the video. Just wait and listen in, and what follows is pretty Vitale-esque. Swap in "Ohhhhhhhh!" for "Baby!" and you might just get a match …

Here were some of Prep Rally's favorite excerpts as the action on the court unfolded.

"If he doesn't pass it, he's going to lose it."

"Oh my GOODNESS, that was a steal."

"They gotta' foul here. NOT him, he just made two! Maybe him … yeah, foul HIM!"

And, of course

"Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh!"

Is Calipari booth-ready right now? Well, Prep Rally would argue he would be a heck of a lot more entertaining than the likes of Bob Knight from day one. And if he did get a gig somewhere, Prep Rally is willing to bet that viewers would start to tune in for his personality alone pretty quickly …

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