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Thoughts and opinions? And no they did not have to play for UK. But i would go with Darius Miller. Won a championship, 1000 point scorer and was drafted and now playing in the NBA.
In modern times it's Rondo and it isn't close. I'm not that old so I can't speak about the past as much as others, but you'd have to consider NBA legend Wes Unseld.
This is why i started this thread, im young aswell and want to hear some stories about the players "back in the day" lol. I would agree with Rondo but i think Tubby's offensive system hinderd Rondo's ability to show his full repitior in college.
Rex Chapman is my vote
Dave Cowans number 1 with Unseld a close 2nd
Stories? Legends? Find some reading about "King" Kelly Coleman.
That's amazing. over 4,000 career points and averaged over 40 as a seinor. Also one of the best rebounders ever at 6ft 3!?!?
I know his career was cut short, but Mike Casey was as good as it gets prior to his accident.
Wes Unseld and what about Darrell Griffith
Alan Houston has to be in the discussion as well.
My father always thought that Cliff Hagan was right up there along with Ralph Beard . I liked Jack Givens, Rex, Johnny Cox. Sorry , partial to UK players, but I am what I am !
To hard to compare players from the 40's and 50's to todays players because it is a different game. However, no other Kentuckian has won as many championships in college and the pros as Frank Ramsey.
Hagan, Cowans Rondo and then Wesley Unseld. After that there are a bunch including Frank Ramsey, Alan Houston, Darryl Griffith, and others.
Wes Unseld, Rex Chapman and Alan Houston were the first three that popped in my mind. I'm not old enough to remeber Unseld but my dad always said he was one of the best players he ever saw from KY.
If based just on college play then it's Chapman but if you include their pro career it's Dave Cowans hands down.
"Ignorance is constricted awareness" - Deepak Chopra
Rex had a good pro career but in college Jack Goose Givens probably had the best college career.
Have you all forgotten that Jack Givens won a national title against duke with 41 pts in final game in 78!!!!! To be the best you have to National Champion in your résumé !!!!
This post was edited by since66catfan 12 months ago
Don't forget Jim McDaniels - 6'11" and averaged nearly 40 a game as a Sr. at Scottsville High School in Allen County then starred at WKU and played in the ABA and NBA.
Wow..good picks all around. One thing..I though Jack Givens was born in Indiana??? Was the Goose a Ky born player? If so..hes hard to top.
Modern day its Rondo..hands down..hes the best PG in the NBA..led the SEC in rebounds one year with like 9.3 a game?? I know he led UK..best ball handler ever and passer too..steals assists, speed, Rondo has all the toold save for a soft jumper with touch..and free throws..due to his extrememly long fingers and hands. Rondo will crush the triple double records for the NBA..he gets so many each year. I even think he will have a quadruple double or two before its all said and done..pts,rebs,assts,steals.
All time..Wes Unseld is a hard man to top for all time.
Derek Anderson deserves some love as well...if not for a few knee injuires I think we would be talking about DA up there with the Jordans, James, Doc J's, ect. He has both NCAA and NBA titles. Allan Houston is in the mix for sure. King Rex, Cliff Hagan. I cant remember if JIm LeMaster was KY born..but he was a good un.
17 points 10 boards as a sophomore was Tom Payne. That even after getting ejected I don't know how many times. Grades kept him from playing on the freshman team so he played only 1 year. They compared him to Lew Alcindor when he came. He made Big Cuz look like Ghandi. But he could ball. The original one and done.
Givens and Lee played HS ball in Lex . And Robey!
Robey is a Louisiana high school product I believe
Roby is from New Orleans, Goose played at Bryan Station, and Lee at Henry Clay. The last two are from Lexington.
Grades were not an issue for Tom Payne. Freshmen were not eligible to play varsity ball in his day.
Tom Payne was ejected from one game against Alabama and twice against Tennessee.
This post was edited by 5368ppi 12 months ago
Based on successfully playing on all three levels (high school, college, professional):
Jim Mc Daniels
and maybe Derek Anderson and Butch Beard
Jack “Goose” Givens did not have the professional career of these other players listed.
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