List of Kentucky Wildcats basketball honorees

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A number of Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball players have been honored with various Southeastern Conference and national awards.

National Players of the Year[edit]

Year Player Award(s)
1933 Forest Sale Helms Athletic Foundation
1935 LeRoy Edwards Helms Athletic Foundation
2010 John Wall Adolph Rupp Trophy[1]
2012 Anthony Davis John R. Wooden Award[2]


The following is a list of Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball players that were named First or Second Team All-Americans:

Tony Delk was a Consensus First Team All-America selection in 1995-96.
Tayshaun Prince was a Consensus First Team All-America selection in 2001 and 2002.
John Wall was a Consensus First Team All-America selection in 2009-10.
Year Player Position
1921 Basil Hayden Forward
1925 Burgess Carey Forward
1929 Carey Spicer Forward
1930 Paul McBrayer Forward
1931 Carey Spicer Forward
1932 Forest Sale Center
1933 Ellis Johnson Guard
1933 Forest Sale Center
1934 John DeMoisey Forward
1935 LeRoy Edwards Center
1939 Bernard Opper Guard
1941 Lee Huber Guard
1944 Bob Brannum Forward
1946 Jack Parkinson Guard
1947 Ralph Beard Guard
1947 Alex Groza Center
1948 Ralph Beard Guard
1948 Alex Groza Center
1949 Ralph Beard Guard
1949 Alex Groza Center
1949 Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones Center
1951 Bill Spivey Center
1952 Cliff Hagan Center
1952 Frank Ramsey Guard
1954 Cliff Hagan Center
1954 Frank Ramsey Guard
1956 Bob Burrow Forward
1958 Vernon Hatton Guard
1959 Johnny Cox Forward
1962 Cotton Nash Forward
1963 Cotton Nash Forward
1964 Cotton Nash Forward
1966 Louie Dampier Guard
1966 Pat Riley Forward
1967 Louie Dampier Guard
1969 Dan Issel Forward
1970 Dan Issel Forward
1975 Kevin Grevey Guard
1974 Kevin Grevey Guard
1975 Kevin Grevey Guard
1976 Jack "Goose" Givens Forward
1977 Jack "Goose" Givens Forward
1977 Rick Robey Center
1978 Jack "Goose" Givens Forward
1978 Rick Robey Center
1980 Kyle Macy Guard
1981 Sam Bowie Center
1984 Melvin Turpin Forward
1985 Kenny "Sky" Walker Forward
1986 Kenny "Sky" Walker Forward
1992 Jamal Mashburn Forward
1993 Jamal Mashburn Forward
1996 Tony Delk Guard
1997 Ron Mercer Forward
1998 Scott Padgett Forward
2001 Tayshaun Prince[3] Forward
2002 Tayshaun Prince[3] Forward
2003 Keith Bogans[3] Guard
2009 Jodie Meeks[4] Guard
2010 DeMarcus Cousins[5] Center
2010 John Wall[5] Guard
2012 Anthony Davis Center
2012 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Forward
2015 Willie Cauley-Stein Forward/Center
2015 Karl-Anthony Towns Center
2016 Tyler Ulis Guard
2017 Malik Monk Guard

SEC Player of the Year (AP, UPI, Coaches)[edit]

The following is a list of Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball players who have been named SEC Player of the Year:

Year Player Position
1966 Pat Riley Forward
1972 Tom Parker Forward
1973 Kevin Grevey Guard
1975 Kevin Grevey Guard
1980 Kyle Macy Guard
1985 Kenny "Sky" Walker Forward
1986 Kenny "Sky" Walker Forward
1993 Jamal Mashburn Forward
1996 Tony Delk Guard
1997 Ron Mercer Forward
2001 Tayshaun Prince Forward
2003 Keith Bogans Guard
2010 John Wall Guard
2012 Anthony Davis Center
2016 Tyler Ulis Guard
2017 Malik Monk Guard

SEC Freshmen of the Year (AP, Coaches)[edit]

The following is a list of Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball players who have been named either SEC Freshman of the Year (awarded by the league's head coaches, and open only to freshmen) or SEC Newcomer of the Year (awarded by the AP and open to any player in his first year at an SEC school, including transfers).

All listed players won both awards except for the following:

Year Player Position
2008 Patrick Patterson Forward
2010 DeMarcus Cousins Center
2011 Terrence Jones Forward
2012 Anthony Davis Center
2013 Nerlens Noel Center
2014 Julius Randle Forward
2015 Karl-Anthony Towns Center
2017 Malik Monk Guard

Elite 90 Award[edit]

One of the NCAA's main student-athlete awards is the Elite 90 Award (previously the Elite 88 and Elite 89), presented at the site of each of the NCAA's 90 annual championship finals. In Division I men's basketball, eligible individuals are those on the playing squads of all Final Four participants who have played at least two seasons at their current school. The recipient is the eligible player with the highest grade point average, with completed credit hours as a tiebreaker if needed.

Year Player Class Position
2014 Sam Malone Junior Guard

NBA Draft Picks[edit]

McDonald's All-Americans[edit]

The following is a list of Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball players who have been named McDonald's All-Americans during their prep careers:

Year Player Position Hometown (High School)
1978 Dwight Anderson Forward Dayton, OH (Roth)
1978 Clarence Tillman Forward Philadelphia, PA (West Philadelphia)
1978 Chuck Verderber Forward Lincoln, IL (Lincoln)
1979 Sam Bowie Center Lebanon, PA (Lebanon)
1979 Derrick Hord Guard Bristol, TN (Tennessee)
1979 Dirk Minniefield Guard Lexington, KY (Lafayette)
1980 Bret Bearup Center Greenlawn, NY (Harborfields)
1980 Jim Master Guard Fort Wayne, IN (Paul Harding)
1982 Roger Harden Guard Valparaiso, IN (Valparaiso)
1982 Kenny "Sky" Walker Forward Roberta, GA (Crawford County Comprehensive)
1983 Winston Bennett Forward Louisville, KY (Male)
1983 James Blackmon Guard Marion, IN (Marion)
1984 Ed Davender Guard Brooklyn, NY (Boys and Girls)
1984 Cedric Jenkins Center Dawson, GA (Terrell County)
1984 Richard Madison Forward Memphis, TN (Northside)
1985 Irving Thomas Forward Miami, FL (Carol City)
1986 Rex Chapman Guard Owensboro, KY (Apollo)
1987 Eric Manuel Guard Macon, GA (Southwest)
1988 Chris Mills Forward Los Angeles, CA (Fairfax)
1992 Tony Delk Guard Brownsville, TN (Haywood)
1992 Rodrick Rhodes Forward Jersey City, NJ (St. Anthony's)
1994 Antoine Walker Forward Chicago, IL (Mt. Carmel)
1995 Ron Mercer Forward Nashville, TN (Goodpasture School)
1995 Wayne Turner Guard Boston, MA (Beaver Country Day)
1998 Tayshaun Prince Forward Compton, CA (Dominguez)
1999 Keith Bogans Guard Alexandria, VA (DeMatha)
1999 Marvin Stone Center Huntsville, AL (Grissom)
2001 Rashad Carruth Guard College Park, GA (Oak Hill)
2004 Joe Crawford Guard Detroit, MI (Renaissance)
2004 Randolph Morris Center Atlanta, GA (Landmark Christian)
2004 Rajon Rondo Guard Louisville, KY (Oak Hill)
2007 Patrick Patterson Forward Huntington, WV (Huntington)
2009 DeMarcus Cousins Center Mobile, AL (LeFlore)
2010 Terrence Jones Forward Portland, OR (Jefferson)
2010 Brandon Knight Guard Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Pine Crest)
2010 Doron Lamb Guard New York, NY (Oak Hill)
2011 Anthony Davis Forward Chicago, IL (Perspectives Charter)
2011 Michael Gilchrist Forward Elizabeth, NJ (St. Patrick)
2011 Marquis Teague Guard Indianapolis, IN (Pike)
2011 Kyle Wiltjer Forward Portland, OR (Jesuit)
2012 Archie Goodwin Guard Sherwood, AR (Sylvan Hills)
2012 Alex Poythress Forward Clarksville, TN (Northeast)
2013 Aaron Harrison Guard Richmond, TX (Travis)
2013 Andrew Harrison Guard Richmond, TX (Travis)
2013 Dakari Johnson Center New York, NY (Montverde)
2013 Marcus Lee Forward Antioch, CA (Deer Valley)
2013 Julius Randle Forward Dallas, TX (Prestonwood)
2013 James Young Guard Rochester, MI (Rochester)
2014 Devin Booker Guard Moss Point, MS (Moss Point)
2014 Trey Lyles Forward Indianapolis, IN (Arsenal Tech)
2014 Karl Towns Jr. Forward Metuchen, NJ (St. Joseph)
2014 Tyler Ulis Guard Chicago, IL (Roselle Catholic)
2015 Isaiah Briscoe Guard Union, NJ (Roselle Catholic)
2016 Bam Adebayo Forward Little Washington, NC (High Point Christian Academy)
2016 De'Aaron Fox Guard Cypress, TX (Cypress Lakes)
2016 Sacha Killeya-Jones Forward Chapel Hill, NC (Virginia Episcopal)
2016 Malik Monk Guard Lepanto, AR (Bentonville)

Naismith Hall of Fame Members[edit]

The following Kentucky players, coaches, and contributors have been enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Year Inducted Name Position Years at Kentucky Enshrined as
1969 Adolph Rupp Head Coach 1930-1972 Coach
1978 Cliff Hagan Player, Administrator 1950-1954; 1975-1989 Player
1982 Frank Ramsey Player 1950-1953 Player
1993 Dan Issel Player 1967-1970 Player
2000 C.M. Newton Player, Administrator 1949-1951; 1989-2000 Contributor
2008 Pat Riley Player 1964-1967 Coach
2013 Rick Pitino Head Coach 1989-1997 Coach
2015 John Calipari Head Coach 2009–present Coach
2015 Louie Dampier Player 1964-1967 Player
STJ Hall of Fame Members


The following Kentucky players and coaches have represented their country in basketball in the Summer Olympic Games:

Year Player/Coach Country Location Medal
1948 Cliff Barker  United States (USA) London Gold
1948 Ralph Beard  United States (USA) London Gold
1948 Alex Groza  United States (USA) London Gold
1948 Wah Wah Jones  United States (USA) London Gold
1948 Ken Rollins  United States (USA) London Gold
1948 Adolph Rupp (asst. coach)  United States (USA) London Gold
1956 Billy Evans  United States (USA) Melbourne Gold
1960 Adrian Smith  United States (USA) Rome Gold
2000 Tubby Smith (asst. coach)  United States (USA) Sydney Gold
2008 Tayshaun Prince  United States (USA) Beijing Gold
2012 Anthony Davis  United States (USA) London Gold
2016 DeMarcus Cousins  United States (USA) Rio de Janeiro Gold
UK Olympians


  1. ^ Adolph Rupp trophy winner: John Wall, Kentucky Archived January 7, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Davis wins Wooden National Player of the Year Award". WKYT-TV. March 31, 2012. Retrieved March 31, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c [1][permanent dead link] Retrieved on March 30, 2009
  4. ^ [2] AP via Retrieved on March 30, 2009
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