When Tony Delk walked to the center of Rupp Arena to receive his 1996 national championship ring last Wednesday night, the roar of the crowd made it clear just how important he still is to the Big Blue Nation.
Raised in the most difficult environment imaginable, Anderson brought the toughness and focus he used as a survival mechanism as a youngster to the hardwood. The result of the marriage of his skill with his attitude was two titles – a 1996 national championship with Kentucky and the 2006 NBA title he helped the Miami Heat earn. But the most long lasting footprint Anderson will leave has nothing to do with basketball and everything to do with his service to others.
While Ramsey’s amazing career with the Celtics may seem to overshadow his years at UK to fans outside Kentucky, he said his time in college prepared him for life. Ramsey, who currently lives in Madisonville, Ky., said that the structure and coaching he received at UK, as well as the tradition within the school, helped shape his life and career and will continue to do so for Wildcat players to come.
In 1948, Wallace “Wah Wah” Jones helped lead UK to its first national championship and later led the US to Olympic Gold in London. Today, he’s still bleeding blue for UK.
While Morris has been a dedicated member of the Beijing Ducks for the last two years and left UK in 2007, he still closely follows the program and most definitely likes what he sees.
“Where are they now” is a periodical series that will take a look back at the careers of former Kentucky basketball stars and/or John Calipari-coached players and find out what they’re doing post-college. Today we catch up with Walter McCarty, a member of the 1996 national championship squad at Kentucky.
As one of the four Unforgettables, Deron Feldhaus will be remembered as a member of the Wildcat team responsible for bringing Kentucky basketball back from the depths of probation to respectability and prominence.
eRUPPtion Zone tickets will be available to the public for the Belmont and Mississippi State games, which occur over the university’s holiday break. Tickets will go on sale 90 minutes prior to tip-off at the Rupp Arena Box Office and are available on a first come/first serve basis.