Guest post: Senior Day showcased a lot about what is special about UK basketball

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Vicky Graff Photo

By KEITH PEEL

Maybe somebody should have invited Bob Knight to attend the game against LSU so he could have watched an academic All American (Alex Poythress) who graduated in three years and is now working on his Masters degree have a Senior Day at UK after playing 4 YEARS as an integral part of the team.

We could also introduce him to Marcus Lee, an All Good Works team player, who is playing as an important part of the last three years along with Derek Willis and Dominique Hawkins, both three-year players, who have also been a critical part of this year’s team.

Interesting how ” one and done” is criticized annually but the national media has nothing to say about all the players I just mentioned. For each of the Anthony Davis’s, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall, Devin Booker, Karl-Anthony Towns, etc. that we have at UK striving for a championship we also have a Poythress, Jon Hood, Jarod Polson, Darius Miller along with Willis, Lee and Hawkins working just as hard in four years to achieve the same dreams while receiving their degrees ( usually with honors) and working in the community like a Lee, Willie Cauley-Stein, etc.

What makes UK basketball great is the unique individuals that we get to know and love each year, their individual stories, their sense of accomplishment in a world that doesn’t have many ” feel good” stories anymore.

Championships are great and I relish each one but the individual players are what makes the program special. All that starts at the top with great leadership.

No matter how this season turns out, win or lose, we should be very proud of the individuals that make up this team that is the greatest program in college basketball.

Thanks,
Keith Peel

2 comments

  1. Well said Keith. Rupp always talked about UK being a shining city on a hill. Cal has continued that tradition and the BBN has always been there with it.

  2. I agree. Nice thoughts.

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