They could just retire this picture, because it never gets old.
The jersey-retiring business is an arduous one at the University of Kentucky, and rightfully so. There’s only so much room in the rafters, and with so much talent coming through the greatest tradition in college basketball, a certain measure of selectivity has to be implemented when having this conversation.
That said, it might be time to throw some up there.
After last season, there was a lot of talk about whether, and whose, jerseys and/or numbers should be retired. Folks mentioned Tubby, Tayshaun, and others as “old school” guys who contributed enough to merit the honor, while younger generations (like me and a lot of the KSR crew) debated between Darius Miller (solid four-year player) and Anthony Davis (stellar one-year phenom). I was of the opinion that, if it came to it, Darius’ jersey should be retired before Anthony’s, because of his ties to the Commonwealth of Kentucky and tenure with the program during one of its roughest patches. Davis, while unbelievable, was only here a year, and who retires a freshman jersey?
Well apparently, the case for Davis just got a lot stronger after Syracuse decided to retire Carmelo Anthony’s jersey and hang it from the rafters. Melo, like AD, spent only a year in college, and left batting 1.000 on championships. Also like Davis, Melo picked up Most Outstanding Player for the 2003 Final Four. However, Anthony one-ups Melo in the Naismith race, after becoming only the second freshman to win that PoY award (first was KD, natch).
I’ll never say that we should do something just because Syracuse is doing it. How Plebeian. But this goes to show that if UK did decide to retire the jersey of arguably the best player in school history, it wouldn’t be the first big-time program to bestow the honor in the modern era.
Anthony Davis: 1; Empty Rafter Spot: 0.
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