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Knicks star Jalen Brunson had a short but fitting response to the news that John Calipari is headed to Arkansas.

News of Calipari’s possible departure came Sunday night — less than 24 hours before the NCAA national championship game in Arizona — and shocked the college basketball world.

Brunson was among those shocked by the reports.

Jalen Brunson Responded In A Post On X After It Was Reported That John Calipari Was Leaving Kentucky.
Jalen Brunson responded in a post on X after it was reported that John Calipari was leaving Kentucky. Robert Sabo for the NY Post

“What” Brunson Posted on X Responding to the news posted by The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Brunson played three years of college basketball at Villanova, which was well documented for his close friendships with former Wildcats — and current Knicks — teammates Josh Hart and Donte DiVincenzo.

Fellow Knicks teammate Julius Randle is a Kentucky alumnus and played one season for Calipari in Lexington.

Several fans responded to Brunson’s tweet and asked if he knew how Randle was taking the news.

John Calipari Is Reportedly Getting A Five-Year Deal With Arkansas.
John Calipari is reportedly getting a five-year deal with Arkansas. Getty Images

Others have asked Brunson to follow former Villanova coach Jay Wright for the Kentucky job.

Wright is not expected to be a candidate for the position, although UConn’s Dan Hurley, Alabama’s Nate Oates and Baylor’s Scott Drew could emerge as options.

News of Calipari’s departure gained a lot of attention Sunday night after CBS Sports reported that he and Arkansas were in “serious discussions” about the job, and shortly thereafter, ESPN reported that the two sides were finalizing a five-year contract with a base salary. Just under $8.5 million.

As of Monday night, no agreement has been announced or additional reports have been released stating that an agreement has been signed.

Calipari led the Wildcats to a 410-123 record in 15 seasons and helped them win the 2012 national title.

He replaces former Arkansas coach Eric Musselman, who resigned to continue as head coach at USC.

Arkansas reached three NCAA Tournaments and advanced to the Elite Eight twice in five seasons under Musselman.

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