Tuesday, March 10, 2009

All Time Kentucky Wilcats Team

Since the current version of the Kentucky Wildcats are doing so wonderful this year I decided to do a special section highlighting my top 5 Kentucky players of all-time. I am sure that this list can be debated, but I evaluated several factors and have selected the following 5 players for my All-Time Kentucky Wildcats Team

- Dan Issel

Issel was at UK 1966-1970 and scored 2,138 points (an average of 25.7 per game) while being named an All American for two of his three seasons he was eligible for the award. Dan Issel is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame.

- Tony Delk

As a sophomore at Kentucky, Delk was named to the All-American and All-SEC first teams and was named NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player during the Wilcats Championship run in 95-96. He also received SEC Player of the Year honors during the season.

- Jamal Mashburn

Mashburn played for Kentucky from 1991-1993 and scored 1843 points in his career at Kentucky which was cut short when he entered the NBA draft after his junior year. Mashburn was a two time All-American, 1993 SEC player of the year, three time all SEC and named to the 92-93 All Final Four Team.

- Kenny Walker

Walker had a very successful college career, being named to an All-SEC team four times and the All-American team twice. Walker's 1984 Kentucky team made it to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament before losing to the Georgetown Hoyas. He averaged 20.0 points a game, giving him 2,080 points in his career

- Cotton Nash

From 1961 to 1964 the 6'5", 220 lb Nash, in only 78 games played, scored 1,770 points. His career average stands at 22 points per game, to go along with his 12 rebounds per game average. Nash is one of only six Kentucky players to garner All-America honors three straight years. He's also one of only three Kentucky players to lead their respective teams in scoring for three straight years

1 comment:

SHU said...

I know he had a short tenure at the university but what about Rick Pitino... His winning percentage is only second to Adolph Rupp (.814 to Rupps'.822, and an overall record of 219-50). He had to practically re-build the program because of Eddie Sutton's wrong-doings as well. While with the Cats' for 8 years they were either the SEC Champs or Tournament Champs each year. They also made it to the final four three times, the finals twice in which they won it all in 1995-96. Not to mention this team may have been the best to ever put a UK jersey on.

Tony Delk, Walter McCarty, Antoine Walker, Derek Anderson, Ron Mercer, Mark Pope, Nazr Mohammed, Anthony Epps, Wayne Turner, Jared Prickett, Jeff Sheppard. WOW!

Oh and Tubby won his only national title with Rick Pitino's boys as well.