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I am a "seasoned" recruit-nut. If the Cats get Wiggins he will be the most talented player UK will have ever had. Right now, based on pure talent,
the 5 best UK recruits at each position I've seen in 50+ years:
Center: Anthony Davis
PF: Shawn Kemp
SF: Poodle Willoughby
PG: John Wall
SG: Dwight Anderson
Wiggins would be the SF on my all time UK recruit team.
Chris, I hope you are correct and we land this young man.
Wow. Good list. I can tell you are indeed a seasoned bball recruiting buff.
I would like to throw a couple names out. Im 37..so i cant go back 50 years .LoL..but ive been a Cat fan since I can remember.
Derek Anderson..even though he went OSU 1st..had not been for the multiple knee injuries..DA was pure talent.
Jamal Mashburn. .played center,power forward, wing..and even brought the ball up the court vs pressing teams. Monster Mash has toat least be 2nd team all-talent.
What about Rex Chapman?
Of late..MKG ..kid is gifted. Underrated becuz of Anthony Davis..MKG posterizes someone nearly every game now.
If you wanna talk pure talent..and a waste of it..Roderick Rhodes..kid was lightning in a bottle..but his ego got in the way when Rick P asked him to slow down..after ripping folks in Madison Sqaure Garden. Ron Mercer was ok. I think Antione Walker was a rare talent..but another head-case. Ditto for Big Cuz.
Ever heard of Dan Issel , Sam Bowie, Kyle Macy ?
May want to read the intent of the post. Dan Issel was UK's 3rd choice at center when he was a senior in Illinois. Sam Bowie was
the #2 player in the nation and would be on my second 5. Kyle Macy was not a top 20 recruit as a senior in high school.
Kyle Macy was a transfer from Purdue.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by bluecdd 13 months ago
Darrell, was Issel Mr Basketball in IL his senior year?
You and I are in the same 'maturity' bracket. Poodles was the Wiggins of his time. Never made a huge dent in the NBA since he came right out of HS, but he made his mark at the HS level. Can you imagine what the Cats would have been with Poodles on the wing and Dawkins in the middle?
I would put Mashburn and Mercer on the list if going strictly by the players' talent level coming in, not based on what they did once at UK or afterwards.
I too am old enough to remeber all of those guys. Recruiting did not get the publicity in the old days that it does today, so player rankings were not available. I can agree with your top players at each position except I would take Chapman over Anderson. Anderson might have been more athletic but I think Chapman had more basketball talent.
Kyle Macy was a transfer
Rod Rhodes and Ron Mercer and Keith Bogans probably have a case at 2 guard and maybe Rex as well.
Marvin Stone as far as recruiting ideals go is probably right there with Kemp
This post was edited by allenctynimrod 13 months ago
Next to Issel, I have never seen a Wildcat player take over and dominate games like Kenny "Sky" Walker did his last 2 years
In terms of impact on the program, Mashburn may have been UK's most influential recruit ever.
Showing my age (or lack thereof) on this one but I've never even heard of Poodle Willoughby. Somebody clue me in.
LoL ..me too Chris. That one has me stumped. And I agree on Mash. And through this all..how did no one mention Rajon Rondo?? Kid is arguably the best PG in the NBA. Triple Double machine in the pro's..led UK in Rebounding as a point guard one year.
Bill Willoughby. Apparently? committed to UK and would've been a freshman in '75'-76, but went straight to the NBA out of high school.
I'm not that old either so I'm not sure haha.
Chris, Willoughby was the widely acclaimed #1 recruit in the nation. 6-9, 210 pounds or so and had a 47-48 inch vertical leap. He signed
with UK in the fall of 1974.
IIRC he averaged 42 ppg and 20+ rebounds per game. Joe B thought he had both him and Darryl Dawkins for the 1975-76 team to play
with Robey, Phillips, Givens, Lee, etc
Similar to Len Bias that played at Maryland but maybe more talented.
Wow. Sounds amazing. Unstoppable actually.
^ Willoughby was an amazing athlete and player. He actually committed and I believe signed with UK, but went the NBA route. Dawkins was rumored to have been a Kentucky lean before he decided to make the jump. That team would have been unbeatable.
You sure that's accurate?
6'9" with 47 - 48 inch vertical is absolutely insane.
Its accurate. Willoughby would actually be more suited to todays game he was such an insane athlete. Im sure theres a clip on Youtube somewhere but i know in the early 80s he swatted an Abdul Jabbar skyhook at its highest point as a 6'8 guy.
Guys, trust me on this one. Chriis needs to ask Coach Joe B or Oscar about him. "Poodle" was almost Lebron like in high
school but took very bad advice and went straight to the NBA.
Here's the video Darryl was referencing. Not the best quality but impressive nonetheless:
1981 playoffs, end of game 1, 6-8 Bill Willoughby blocked KAJ's sky hook.
Yep thats the play insane how high he gets at that size
Sorry but I have to include Rex Chapman in this group.
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