2009–10 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team

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2009–10 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball
Kentucky Wildcats 2005 logo.png
SEC regular season champions
and SEC Tournament champions
Cancún Challenge champions
NCAA Tournament, Elite Eight
Conference Southeastern Conference Eastern
Ranking
Coaches No. 5
AP No. 2
2009–10 record 35–3 (14–2 SEC)
Head coach John Calipari (1st year)
Assistant coach Orlando Antigua (1st year)
Assistant coach John Robic (1st year)
Assistant coach Rod Strickland (1st year)
Home arena Rupp Arena
Seasons
« 2008–09 2010–11 »
2009–10 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East
#2 Kentucky 14 2   .875     35 3   .921
#21 Vanderbilt 12 4   .750     24 9   .727
#15 Tennessee 11 5   .688     28 9   .757
Florida 9 7   .563     21 13   .618
South Carolina 6 10   .375     15 16   .484
Georgia 5 11   .313     14 17   .452
West
Mississippi State 9 7   .563     24 12   .667
Mississippi 9 7   .563     24 11   .686
Arkansas 7 9   .438     14 18   .438
Alabama 6 10   .375     17 15   .531
Auburn 6 10   .375     15 17   .469
LSU 2 14   .125     11 20   .355
SEC Tournament winner
As of March 30, 2010; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009–10 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team represented the University of Kentucky during the college basketball season of 2009–2010. This season was the first of John Calipari's tenure as head coach; he accepted the position on March 31, 2009.

The Wildcats set several records this season. They became the first men's college basketball program to reach 2,000 wins by defeating the Drexel Dragons on December 21.[1] Coach Calipari set a record for the most consecutive wins for a first-year Kentucky basketball coach at 19-0, surpassing Adolph Rupp's previous mark of 11-0. Kentucky also extended their existing records for most wins all-time, SEC regular-season championships, SEC tournament championships, NCAA tournament berths, and NCAA tournament wins.

The team was briefly ranked #1 in both the ESPN/Coaches poll and AP poll, and posted the best record in the NCAA (35-3)[2] Off the court, Coach Calipari spearheaded an effort to raise money for victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, yielding $1.5 million and a congratulatory call from President Barack Obama.[3][4]

Departures[edit]

2009-10 Kentucky departures
Jodie Meeks entered the NBA Draft
Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Carter, JaredJared Carter 43 Center 7'2" 277 Senior Georgetown, Kentucky Graduated
Scherbenske, MattMatt Scherbenske 2 Guard 6'0" 180 Junior Lexington, Kentucky Left team
Galloway, KevinKevin Galloway 3 Guard 6'6" 215 Junior Sacramento, California Transferred
Porter, MichaelMichael Porter 13 Guard 6'3" 198 Junior Modesto, California Left Team
Meeks, JodieJodie Meeks 23 Guard 6'4" 208 Junior Norcross, Georgia Entered 2009 NBA Draft
Perry, DwightDwight Perry 30 Guard 6'0" 185 Junior Durham, North Carolina Left team
Pilgrim, MattMatt Pilgrim 33 Forward 6'8" 225 Junior Cincinnati Transferred
Stewart, A.J.A.J. Stewart 15 Forward 6'7" 225 Sophomore Jacksonville, Florida Transferred
Williams, DonaldDonald Williams 25 Guard 6'3" 205 Freshman Baton Rouge, Louisiana Transferred

Class of 2009 signees[edit]

Name Home town High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Eric Bledsoe
G
Birmingham, Alabama Parker 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) May 6, 2009 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 90
DeMarcus Cousins
F
Mobile, Alabama LeFlore 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 250 lb (110 kg) Apr 8, 2009 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 98
Darnell Dodson
G/F
Greenbelt, Maryland Miami-Dade CC 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Apr 22, 2009 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 95
Jon Hood
G
Madisonville, Kentucky Madisonville-North Hopkins 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 185 lb (84 kg) May 25, 2008 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 91
Daniel Orton
C
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Bishop McGuinness 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 265 lb (120 kg) Oct 12, 2008 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 97
John Wall
G
Raleigh, North Carolina Word of God 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 184 lb (83 kg) May 18, 2009 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 98
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 1   Rivals: 1  ESPN: 1
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Class of 2010 signees[edit]

Name Home town High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Terrence Jones
G/F
Portland, Oregon Jefferson High School 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) May 19, 2010 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 97
Enes Kanter
F/C
Tarzana, California Stoneridge Prep 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 261 lb (118 kg) Mar 23, 2010 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 95
Brandon Knight
G
Fort Lauderdale, Florida Pine Crest School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Apr 14, 2010 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 97
Doron Lamb
G
Brooklyn, New York Oak Hill Academy 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Apr 18, 2010 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 95
Stacey Poole
G
Jacksonville, Florida Providence School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sep 24, 2009 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 94
Eloy Vargas
F
Hollywood, Florida Miami Dade College 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 225 lb (102 kg) May 16, 2010 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 95
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Roster[edit]

2009–10 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Home town
F 1 Miller, DariusDarius Miller 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 223 lb (101 kg) So Mason County H.S. Maysville, Kentucky
F 3 Dodson, DarnellDarnell Dodson 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) So Miami Dade College Greenbelt, Maryland
G 4 Hood, JonJon Hood 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr North Hopkins H.S. Madisonville, Kentucky
F 5 Harris, RamonRamon Harris 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 218 lb (99 kg) Sr West Anchorage High School Anchorage, AK
G 11 Wall, JohnJohn Wall 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Word of God Christian Academy Raleigh, North Carolina
G 12 Krebs, MarkMark Krebs 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 207 lb (94 kg) Sr Newport Central Catholic/Thomas More College Newport, Kentucky
C 15 Cousins, DeMarcusDeMarcus Cousins 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 270 lb (122 kg) Fr LeFlore Magnet High School Mobile, AL
F 21 Stevenson, PerryPerry Stevenson 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 207 lb (94 kg) Sr Lafayette H.S. Lafayette, Louisiana
G 24 Bledsoe, EricEric Bledsoe 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr A. H. Parker High School Birmingham, AL
C 33 Orton, DanielDaniel Orton 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Fr Bishop McGuinness H.S. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
G 34 Liggins, DeAndreDeAndre Liggins 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 202 lb (92 kg) So Findley Prep (NV) Chicago
F 54 Patterson, PatrickPatrick Patterson 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Jr Huntington High School Huntington, West Virginia
F 55 Harrellson, JoshJosh Harrellson 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 265 lb (120 kg) Jr Southwestern Illinois Junior College St. Charles, Missouri
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Schedule[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (Attendance)
City, State
Exhibition
November 2*
7:00 PM, BBSN
No. 4 Campbellsville W 74–38  0–0
 19  Dodson   7  Orton   4  Bledsoe  Rupp Arena (21,384)
Lexington, Kentucky
November 6*
7:00 PM, BBSN
No. 4 Clarion W 117–52  0–0
 27  Wall   9  Dodson   9  Wall  Rupp Arena (23,740)
Lexington, Kentucky
Non-conference Regular Season
November 13*
6:30 PM, ESPNU
No. 4 Morehead State W 75–59  1–0
 24  Bledsoe   12  Patterson   4  Bledsoe  Rupp Arena (24,338)
Lexington, Kentucky
November 16*
7:00 PM, BBSN
No. 4 Miami (OH) W 72–70  2–0
 19  Wall   10  Tied   5  Wall  Rupp Arena (23,337)
Lexington, Kentucky
November 19*
7:00 PM, BBSN
No. 4 Sam Houston State
Cancún Challenge
W 102–92  3–0
 27  Cousins   18  Cousins   6  Tied  Rupp Arena (22,728)
Lexington, Kentucky
November 21*
1:00 PM, BBSN
No. 4 Rider
Cancún Challenge
W 92–63  4–0
 21  Wall   18  Patterson   11  Wall  Rupp Arena (23,912)
Lexington, Kentucky
November 24*
4:30 PM, CBS Sports
No. 5 vs. Cleveland State
Cancún Challenge Semifinals
W 73–49  5–0
 15  Wall   8  Miller   6  Wall  Moon Palace Resort (832)
Cancún, Mexico
November 25*
9:30 PM, CBS Sports
No. 5 vs. Stanford
Cancún Challenge Championship
W 73–65 OT 6–0
 23  Wall   11  Patterson   5  Wall  Moon Palace Resort (1,425)
Cancún, Mexico
November 30*
7:00 PM, BBSN
No. 5 UNC-Asheville W 94–57  7–0
 24  Cousins   10  Cousins   14  Wall  Freedom Hall (15,368)
Louisville, Kentucky
December 5*
12:30 PM, CBS
No. 5 No. 10 North Carolina W 68–66  8–0
 19  Patterson   7  Patterson   7  Wall  Rupp Arena (24,468)
Lexington, Kentucky
December 9*
9:30 PM, ESPN
No. 4 vs. No. 14 Connecticut
2009 Big East/SEC Invitational
W 64–61  9–0
 25  Wall   10  Cousins   4  Bledsoe  Madison Square Garden (24,468)
New York City
December 12*
12:00 PM, CBS
No. 4 at Indiana W 90–73  10–0
 23  Bledsoe   11  Patterson   8  Wall  Assembly Hall (17,316)
Bloomington, Indiana
December 19*
4:00 PM, CSS
No. 3 Austin Peay W 90–69  11–0
 21  Patterson   9  Patterson   6  Wall  Rupp Arena (23,938)
Lexington, Kentucky
December 21*
7:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 3 Drexel
2000th Win
W 88–44  12–0
 18  Tied   13  Cousins   7  Wall  Rupp Arena (24,354)
Lexington, Kentucky
December 23*
1:00 PM, BBSN
No. 3 Long Beach State W 86–73  13–0
 19  Wall   11  Patterson   5  Tied  Rupp Arena (24,288)
Lexington, Kentucky
December 29*
7:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 3 Hartford W 104–61  14–0
 19  Tied   12  Cousins   16  Wall  Rupp Arena (24,340)
Lexington, Kentucky
January 2*
3:30 PM, CBS
No. 3 Louisville
Battle for the Bluegrass
W 71–62  15–0
 18  Cousins   18  Cousins   4  Tied  Rupp Arena (24,479)
Lexington, Kentucky
SEC Regular Season
January 9
4:00 PM, SEC Network
No. 3 Georgia W 76–68  16–0 (1–0)
 17  Tied   7  Cousins   5  Wall  Rupp Arena (24,342)
Lexington, Kentucky
January 12
9:00 PM, ESPN
No. 2 at Florida
Super Tuesday
W 89–77  17–0 (2–0)
 25  Bledsoe   7  Tied   6  Wall  O'Connell Center (12,618)
Gainesville, Florida
January 16
4:00 PM, SEC Network
No. 2 at Auburn W 72–67  18–0 (3–0)
 16  Cousins   11  Cousins   4  Wall  Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum (11,669)
Auburn, AL
January 23
4:00 PM, SEC Network
No. 2 Arkansas W 101–70  19–0 (4–0)
 18  Miller   14  Cousins   7  Wall  Rupp Arena (24,356)
Lexington, Kentucky
January 26
9:00 PM, ESPN
No. 1 at South Carolina
Super Tuesday
L 68–62  19–1 (4–1)
 27  Cousins   12  Cousins   5  Bledsoe  Colonial Life Arena (18,000)
Columbia, South Carolina
January 30
4:00 PM, ESPN
No. 1 No. 21 Vanderbilt W 85–72  20–1 (5–1)
 21  Cousins   10  Cousins   9  Wall  Rupp Arena (24,339)
Lexington, Kentucky
February 2
7:00 PM, ESPN
No. 4 No. 25 Mississippi
Super Tuesday
W 85–75  21–1 (6–1)
 18  Cousins   13  Cousins   8  Bledsoe  Rupp Arena (24,341)
Lexington, Kentucky
February 6
4:00 PM, SEC Network
No. 4 at LSU W 81–55  22–1 (7–1)
 19  Cousins   14  Cousins   7  Wall  Maravich Center (13,083)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
February 9
9:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 3 Alabama W 66–55  23–1 (8–1)
 22  Wall   13  Cousins   4  Bledsoe  Rupp Arena (23,318)
Lexington, Kentucky
February 13
9:00 PM, ESPN
No. 3 No. 12 Tennessee
ESPN College Gameday
W 73–62  24–1 (9–1)
 24  Wall   12  Cousins   4  Tied  Rupp Arena (24,402)
Lexington, Kentucky
February 16
9:00 PM, ESPN
No. 2 at Mississippi State
Super Tuesday
W 81–75 OT 25–1 (10–1)
 19  Tied   14  Cousins   8  Wall  Humphrey Coliseum (10,788)
Starkville, Mississippi
February 20
6:00 PM, ESPN
No. 2 at No. 17 Vanderbilt W 58–56  26–1 (11–1)
 19  Cousins   13  Patterson   3  Bledsoe  Memorial Gymnasium (14,316)
Nashville, Tennessee
February 25
9:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 2 South Carolina W 82–61  27–1 (12–1)
 23  Patterson   11  Cousins   4  Wall  Rupp Arena (24,355)
Lexington, Kentucky
February 27
12:00 PM, CBS
No. 2 at No. 19 Tennessee L 65–74  27–2 (12–2)
 19  Wall   14  Cousins   6  Wall  Thompson–Boling Arena (21,214)
Knoxville, Tennessee
March 3
8:00 PM, SEC Network
No. 3 at Georgia W 80–68  28–2 (13–2)
 24  Wall   10  Patterson   6  Wall  Stegeman Coliseum (10,523)
Athens, Georgia
March 7
12:00 PM, CBS
No. 3 Florida
Senior Day
W 74–66  29–2 (14–2)
 14  Tied   9  Cousins   8  Wall  Rupp Arena (24,354)
Lexington, Kentucky
SEC Tournament
March 12
1:00 PM, SEC Network
No. 2 vs. Alabama
Quarterfinal
W 73–67  30–2
 23  Wall   8  Cousins   5  Wall  Bridgestone Arena (19,123)
Nashville, Tennessee
March 13
1:00 PM, ABC
No. 2 vs. No. 15 Tennessee
Semifinal
W 74–45  31–2
 19  Cousins   15  Cousins   9  Wall  Bridgestone Arena (20,207)
Nashville, Tennessee
March 14
1:00 PM, ABC
No. 2 vs. Mississippi State
Championship Game
W 75–74 OT 32–2
 18  Bledsoe   10  Cousins   9  Wall  Bridgestone Arena (20,082)
Nashville, Tennessee
NCAA Tournament
March 18
7:15 PM, CBS
No. 2 (1) vs. No. (16) East Tennessee State
East Region First Round
W 100–71  33–2
 29  Bledsoe   8  Cousins   11  Wall  New Orleans Arena (10,984)
New Orleans
March 20
8:15 PM, CBS
No. 2 (1) vs. No. (9) Wake Forest
East Region Second Round
W 90–60  34–2
 20  Miller   9  Miller   7  Wall  New Orleans Arena (11,966)
New Orleans, Louisiana
March 25
9:57 PM, CBS
No. 2 (1) vs. No. (12) Cornell
East Region Semifinal
W 62–45  35–2
 16  Cousins   12  Patterson   8  Wall  Carrier Dome (22,271)
Syracuse, New York
March 27
7:05 PM, CBS
No. 2 (1) vs. No. 6 (2) West Virginia
East Region Final
L 66–73  35–3
 19  Wall   13  Patterson   5  Wall  Carrier Dome (22,497)
Syracuse, New York
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time (#) during NCAA Tournament is seed with Region.

Statistics[edit]

The team posted the following statistics:[5]

Name GP GS Min. Avg. FG FGA FG% 3FG 3FGA 3FG% FT FTA FT% OR DR RB Avg. PF DQ Ast. TO Blk. Stl. Pts. Avg.
John Wall 37 37 1,288 34.8 202 438 0.461 37 114 0.325 175 232 0.754 30 129 159 4.3 72 1 241 149 19 66 616 16.6
DeMarcus Cousins 38 37 893 23.5 206 369 0.558 1 6 0.167 162 268 0.604 156 220 376 9.9 122 2 38 78 67 37 575 15.1
Patrick Patterson 38 38 1,255 33.0 215 374 0.575 24 69 0.348 90 130 0.692 116 167 283 7.4 61 1 36 41 51 27 544 14.3
Eric Bledsoe 37 35 1,122 30.3 144 312 0.462 49 128 0.383 82 123 0.667 19 95 114 3.1 82 1 107 112 12 52 419 11.3
Darius Miller 38 32 804 21.2 86 215 0.400 43 128 0.336 31 39 0.795 31 62 93 2.4 72 2 58 35 22 22 246 6.5
Darnell Dodson 35 7 506 14.5 70 192 0.365 50 144 0.347 19 25 0.760 16 72 88 2.5 40 0 17 23 9 15 209 6.0
DeAndre Liggins 29 0 445 15.3 36 86 0.419 14 44 0.318 23 39 0.590 18 48 66 2.3 42 1 24 17 8 20 109 3.8
Daniel Orton 38 0 502 13.2 48 91 0.527 0 2 0.000 33 63 0.524 45 81 126 3.3 88 5 15 38 52 21 129 3.4
Ramon Harris 36 2 395 11.0 21 62 0.339 5 31 0.161 20 33 0.606 30 45 75 2.1 27 0 23 26 5 11 67 1.9
Perry Stevenson 34 1 259 7.6 18 27 0.667 0 1 0.000 8 13 0.615 13 35 48 1.4 19 0 7 12 20 4 44 1.3
Josh Harrellson 22 0 88 4.0 12 26 0.462 2 4 0.500 2 2 1.000 9 18 27 1.2 8 0 0 6 7 2 28 1.2
Jon Hood 17 0 74 4.4 6 19 0.316 4 11 0.364 4 4 1.000 7 5 12 0.7 6 0 6 4 0 1 20 1.2
Mark Krebs 16 1 44 2.8 2 17 0.118 2 15 0.133 0 0 0.000 0 2 2 0.1 2 0 1 1 1 1 6 0.4
TEAM 38 58 57 115 3.0 0 5 0
Season Total 38
7,675
1,066 2,228 0.478 231 697 0.331 649 971 0.668 548 1,036 1,584 41.7 641 13 573 547 273 279 3,012 79.3
Opponents 38
7,675
875 2,314 0.378 245 783 0.313 473 688 0.688 488 789 1,277 33.6 795
418 531 119 261 2,468 64.9

Honors[edit]

Watch Lists[edit]

Weekly Awards[edit]

SEC Awards[edit]

Wall was named SEC Player of the Year. Cousins, Patterson, and Wall were chosen to the first-team All-SEC by coaches and the media. Cousins was the SEC Freshman of the Year, and he, Bledsoe, and Wall were All-Freshman team selections by the coaches and media. Cousins became the second straight Wildcat to be named SEC Freshman of the Year (Patterson). Calipari was named SEC Coach of the Year by the coaches media.[6]

National District Awards[edit]

Wall was named District IV (Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida) Player of the Year, Calipari was named District IV Coach of the Year and Patterson was named to the All-District IV team by the USBWA.[7] Cousins and Wall were listed on the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division I All‐District 21 first team, while Patterson was listed on the second team on March 12.[8]

All-American and National Awards[edit]

Wall was a consensus first-team All-American, and Cousins was a consensus second-team All-American. The Associated Press named Cousins and Wall as first-team All-Americans.[9] The USBWA named Wall a first-team All-American and Cousins a second-team All-American.[10] The NABC named Wall a first-team All-American and Cousins a second-team All-American.[11] The Sporting News named Wall a first-team All-American and Cousins a second-team All-American.[12] John Wall became the first Kentucky player to win a National Player of the Year award as he won the Adolph Rupp Trophy.[13] Wall also won the two Freshman of the Year awards as he was named USBWA National Freshman of the Year and Freshman of the Year by the Sporting News.[14][15]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. ██ Not ranked the previous week. RV=Others receiving votes.
Poll Pre Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Wk 17 Wk 18 Wk 19 Final
AP 4 4 5 5 4 3 3 3 3 2 2 1 4 3 2 2 3 2 2 2
Coaches 4 4 5 5 4 3 3 3 3 2 2 1 4 3 2 2 3 2 2 2

2010 NBA draft[edit]

On April 7 five players announced their intentions to enter the 2010 NBA Draft. Five players declared themselves eligible for the draft: Bledsoe, Cousins, Orton, Patterson, and Wall.[16][17] Leading up to the draft Wall, Cousins, and Patterson were projected as lottery picks. Meanwhile, Bledsoe and Orton were projected as possible first round draft picks.[18]

In the draft Wall was selected No. 1 by Washington. He was followed by Cousins, who went to the Sacramento Kings at No. 5; Patterson, who was taken by the Houston Rockets at No. 14; Bledsoe, who was chosen No. 18 by the Oklahoma City Thunder; and Orton, who was chosen No. 29 by the Orlando Magic.[19] Wall became the first player in Kentucky history taken first in the draft.[20] The five players taken in the first round tied the record for most players taken from one school in the first round.[21]

NBA draft selections[edit]

Year Round Pick Overall Player NBA Club
2010 1 1 1 John Wall Washington Wizards
2010 1 5 5 DeMarcus Cousins Sacramento Kings
2010 1 14 14 Patrick Patterson Houston Rockets
2010 1 18 18 Eric Bledsoe Oklahoma City Thunder
2010 1 29 29 Daniel Orton Orlando Magic

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "2010 NCAA Men's Basketball Rankings – Week 11 (Jan. 25)". ESPN. 25 Jan 2010. Archived from the original on 10 April 2010. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Obama thanks Calipari, offers prescient advice". Washington Post. 27 Jan 2010. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Obama thanks Kentucky, Calipari". ESPN. 27 Jan 2010. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "2009-10 Kentucky Wildcats season statistics". University of Kentucky. Retrieved 2015-11-17. 
  6. ^ "Wall Named SEC Player of the Year". UKathletics.com. CBS Interactive. 2010-03-09. Retrieved 2010-03-09. 
  7. ^ "USBWA Names 20091-0 Men's All-District Teams". USBWA. 2015-03-09. Retrieved 2010-03-09. 
  8. ^ "National Association of Basketball Coaches Announces 2009-10 Division I All-District Teams" (PDF). National Association of Basketball Coaches. 2010-03-12. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  9. ^ "UK freshmen highlight All-Americans". ESPN.com. March 30, 2010. Retrieved March 30, 2010. 
  10. ^ "USBWA Names 2009-10 All-Americans" (Press release). United States Basketball Writers Association. March 15, 2010. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
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