Honored Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball players

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Forty-two former Kentucky men's basketball players, coaches, and contributors are honored in Rupp Arena with banners representing their numbers hung from the rafters. With the streamlining of jersey numbers by the NCAA, the jerseys are retired but the numbers remain active.

Criteria[edit]

To have a banner hung, the person must be elected to the UK Athletics Hall of Fame. There is a five-year waiting period, after leaving UK, to be eligible for inclusion into the Hall of Fame, and a 10-year waiting period to have a jersey retired. An individual must be a member of the Hall of Fame to be eligible for jersey retirement.

A committee consisting of Hall of Famers, media members, campus representatives and current coaches and administrators will elect new inductees each year. Those names will be announced at the annual Catspy Awards in April, with induction at a football game the following fall. A subcommittee will consider possible jersey retirements.

Honored players[edit]

No. Name Years Note
22 Cliff Barker 1947–49 1948 NCAA Champion, 1949 NCAA Champion, One of the Fabulous Five
12 Ralph Beard 1946–49 1948 NCAA Champion, 1949 NCAA Champion, One of the Fabulous Five
22 Jerry Bird 1954–56
50 Bob Burrow 1955–56 1956 Second Team All-America
56 Burgess Carey 1925–26
24 Johnny Cox 1957–59 1958 NCAA Champion, 1959 First Team All-America
10 Louie Dampier 1965–67 1967 Second Team All-America
7 John DeMoisey 1932–34
00 Tony Delk 1993–96 1996 NCAA Champion, 1996 First Team All-America, 1996 SEC Player of the Year, 1996 NCAA Tournament M.O.P.
42 Bill Evans 1952–55
32 Richie Farmer 1989–92 One of the Unforgettables
12 Deron Feldhaus 1989–92 One of the Unforgettables
21 Jack Givens 1975–78 1978 NCAA Champion, 1978 Second Team All-America, 1978 SEC Player of the Year, 1978 NCAA Tournament M.O.P.
44 Phil Grawemeyer 1954–56
15 Alex Groza 1945–49 1948 NCAA Champion, 1949 NCAA Champion, One of the Fabulous Five
35 Kevin Grevey 1973–75 1975 First Team All-America, 1973 and 1975 SEC Player of the Year
Joe B. Hall 1973–85 1978 National Championship Head Coach
6 Cliff Hagan 1951–54 1951 NCAA Champion, 1952 First Team All-America, 1954 First Team All-America
52 Vernon Hatton 1956–58 1958 NCAA Champion
Basil Hayden 1920–22
44 Dan Issel 1968–70 UK All-time leading scorer, 1970 First Team All-America
27 Wallace Jones 1946–49 1948 NCAA Champion, 1949 NCAA Champion, One of the Fabulous Five
Bill Keightley 1962–2008 Mr. Wildcat, Equipment Manager
Cawood Ledford 1953–92 Voice of the Wildcats
4 Kyle Macy 1978–80 1978 NCAA Champion, 1980 First Team All-America, 1980 SEC Player of the Year
44 Cotton Nash 1962–64 1964 First Team All-America
24 Jamal Mashburn 1991–93 1993 First Team All-America, 1993 SEC Player of the Year
34 John Pelphrey 1989–92 One of the Unforgettables
Rick Pitino 1990–97 1996 National Championship Head Coach
30 Frank Ramsey 1951–54 1951 NCAA Champion, 1954 Second Team All-America
26 Kenny Rallins 1943–48 1948 NCAA Champion
42 Pat Riley 1965–67 1966 First Team All-America, 1966 SEC Player of the Year
53 Rick Robey 1975–78 1978 NCAA Champion, 1978 Second Team All-America
4 Layton Rouse 1938–40
Adolph Rupp 1931–72 1948, 1949, 1951, 1958 National Championship Head Coach
Forest Sale 1931–33
Carey Spicer 1929–31
77 Bill Spivey 1950–51 1951 NCAA Champion, 1951 First Team All-America
20 Gayle Rose 1953–55
16 Lou Tsioropoulos 1951–54 1951 NCAA Champion
34 Kenny Walker 1983–86 1986 First Team All-America, 1985–86 SEC Player of the Year
11 Sean Woods 1990–92 One of the Unforgettables

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • "Retired Jerseys". University of Kentucky Athletics. University of Kentucky Wildcats Athletic Department. 2015. Retrieved 2015-05-06.