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The majority of Rex Chapman’s time at Kentucky was spent in the air. Usually he was either rising straight up for a majestic 3-pointer or soaring over defenders for an athletic dunk. His athleticism and nose for the basket were a big part of why he enjoyed a 12-year NBA career after being the eighth overall pick in the 1988 NBA Draft.
“Where are they now” is a periodical series that will take a look back at the careers of former Kentucky basketball stars and John Calipari-coached players and find out what they’re doing post-college. Today we catch up with Scott Padgett, a two-time national championship winner at Kentucky.
Perhaps at the top of the list of Wildcat icons — those most responsible for erecting UK basketball into what it is today — sits Cotton Nash. Nash, who played for the Cats from 1962 to 1964, remains, more than 50 years after his graduation, one of the most illustrious performers to ever don “Kentucky” across his chest.
Dreams of playing in the NBA may be common for Kentucky Wildcats, but those dreams don’t always come true. Sometimes, life finds a different path. New dreams arise. For Joe Crawford, a Wildcat star from 2004 to 2008, his dreams have shifted from a starlit life in the NBA to a journey across the world, playing in China and Israel, and now promoting basketball worldwide.
Bradley is scoring a team-leading 27.5 points per game on 63 percent shooting through the first two games of the season. The Brooklyn native is also averaging four rebounds and 3.5 steals. Bradley’s recent stellar play can be attributed to his perseverance. Maccabi Ashdod is his third overseas team in four years.