Knicks’ Jalen Brunson in disbelief at John Calipari news

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Knicks star Jalen Brunson had a brief but confident reaction to the news that John Calipari was going to Arkansas.

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

Brunson was among those surprised by the report.

Jalen Brunson responded with a post on X following the news of John Calipari reportedly 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 has been well-documented given 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.

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

John Calipari will reportedly get a five-year deal with Arkansas. getty images

Others asked Brunson to lobby former Villanova coach Jay Wright to take the next job at Kentucky.

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

News of Calipari’s pending departure took hold late Sunday night when CBS Sports reported that he and Arkansas were in “serious talks” over the job, and shortly after, ESPN reported that the two sides were considering a base salary of five. Were finalizing the year’s contract. A little less than $8.5 million.

As of Monday night, no deal had been announced, nor had any additional reports emerged that a deal had been signed.

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

He replaces former Arkansas coach Eric Musselman, who resigned from his position to take the head coaching position at USC.

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

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