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LOOK: Louie Dampier stops by Kentucky’s practice


‘Tis the season for family, and today, a Kentucky Basketball legend stopped by the Joe Craft Center. According to John Calipari, Louie Dampier watched the Cats practice this afternoon. Cal and Dampier were inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame together back in 2015.

Dampier, a two-time All-American and member of Rupp’s Runts, also added his signature to the wall of former greats:

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12 responses to “LOOK: Louie Dampier stops by Kentucky’s practice”

  1. Kat4Life

    For those of you not old enough to remember Dampier, he was a pure shooter, went on to ABA fame……..fairly short, but deadly from downtown….ala Travis Ford. Ford reminded me of Dampier a bit. That team had Pat Riley, Phil Argento, Larry Conley, and Tommy Kron on it as well. Great team.

    1. RobCary

      IMO the best shooter ever to play at KY. If there had been a three point line when he played, the numbers he would have put up would be out of sight. Pure, beautiful form. I loved watching him and the Runts. Hustle and desire. That loss in the national finals has always been the biggest loss at KY for me.

    2. DHBsr64

      Agree on Dampier, great shooter. He was also very fast…

    3. DHBsr64

      Argento never played with Conley and Kron. He was a freshman, and illegible, when they were seniors (my second year at UK)…

    4. DHBsr64

      Argento never played with Conley and Kron. He was an ineligible freshman during their senior season.

  2. UKgraduateandfanforlife

    Thad Jaracz was a big part of Rupp’s Runts too.

    1. Kat4Life

      Agreed, an unintentional oversight…..

  3. sincitycat

    Louie Dampier (one of my three favorite Wildcats) was/is the leading scorer in ABA history. Number two is Dan Issel.

  4. RealCatsFan

    Louie lives right around the corner from me. I see him out mowing his grass in the summer sometimes. They named a bridge over I71 after him.

  5. Tom Bombadil

    I remember seeing him and Dan Issel play at Freedom Hall with the Kentucky Colonels. I was 7 years old. Loved that team! Nice seeing him come to practice and share wisdom with the young fellas. Go Cats! BBN4Life

  6. henderblue

    He was my first basketball hero and the best shooter this 10 year old boy had ever seen. Was a thrill for me to meet him at Henderson County High School in the 80s

  7. kuhlkat

    Ford couldn’t hold a candle to Louie