By LARRY VAUGHT
Matt DiLorenzo, CEO/Founder of Pro Player Solutions, could not have been happier with the way 1996 national championship team members at Kentucky were received during the “Official Grand Opening” of Bluegrass RV’s in Lexington Saturday.
“They chose to have members of UK’s 1996 National Championship Team be a part of their celebration since this year marks 20 years since the 1996 team won the championship,” DiLorenzo said.
Wayne Turner, Cameron Mills, Jeff Sheppard, Derek Anderson and Jared Prickett all showed up to meet and greet fans.
“We had a great turnout and it was great to have the Cameron Mills Radio Show do a live remote during the event. Todd Meade and all the staff at Bluegrass RV’s run a first class operation,” DiLorenzo said.
Same with the way the players from that 1996 team handle things, too.
“Anytime I have the opportunity to work with the guys from 1996 it’s easy to see why they were successful on the court back then and in life now,” DiLorenzo said. “All of these guys ‘get life’ and there are never any egos that walk through the door when we do events with them.
“Every one of these guys enjoy fan interaction while getting together laughing about old stories during their playing days. I’m fortunate to not only have the opportunity to work with them but also to consider many of them my closest friends.”
The 1996 Wildcats went 34-2 and had a perfect 16-0 record in the SEC (the first time that had been done in 40 years) and beat their NCAA tournament opponents by an average of 21 points per game.
The five starters for Kentucky in most games in were All-American shooting guard Tony Delk, forward Antoine Walker, center Walter McCarty, swingman Anderson and point guard Anthony Epps.