By LARRY VAUGHT
When it comes to Kentucky basketball, there are no limits to where you might find a fan.
Take Rev. Cydell LeGrand of Johannesburg, South Africa who describes himself on Twitter as “BBN from Afar.” So how in the world did that come about?
“It may seem strange that a African like myself support the Kentucky Wildcats! I was watching television one day on my local sport channel and your team was playing a team for the university playoff final. I enjoyed the way Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist played as a team, so I further looked into your school,” LeGrand said. “I was amazed by the rich tradition your program has and I have been a fan ever since. Whether the games are on television or if I have to stream them on my Dell computer.”
LeGrand was as puzzled by any UK fan over the technical foul called on Isaac Humpries late in the overtime loss at Texas A&M Saturday.
“He seems like a young man of class!” LeGrand, 46, said.
LeGrand says he supports no other college basketball program except Kentucky that explains why he had picked up that Humphries indeed is a classy youngster.
“I am slowly becoming a fan of college basketball. Our local sports network can play big matches (games) if there is no regional sports played. I looked at Duke versus rival Louisville jn fact,” LeGrand, who also works part-time as a grocer, said.
He’s yet to find another Kentucky fan in South Africa.
“Football (soccer) and rugby are the biggest sports here and we adore Bafana Bafana (South Africa’s national football team). I assume most South African’s support a university basketball team like American’s follow world football … not very much,” LeGrand said.
“My associates find it very strange that I support a university’s basketball program halfway across the world rather than a professional team like the Los Angeles Lakers. I hope they eventually understand.”
Don’t worry. Kentucky fans totally understand.
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If you would like to reach out to LeGrand, you can find him on Twitter at @CydellLeGrand. Also he does not have a UK hat or shirt. Seems to me we need to find a way to change that — ThrowboyTees to hook him up.