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The Ringer checks in on UK’s G-League/overseas players

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Kentucky’s players in the NBA obviously dominate the spotlight on this website, but The Ringer’s Paolo Uggetti has a really great profile on the guys who had to take a different path in the pros. Uggetti caught up with Marquis Teague, Archie Goodwin, Daniel Orton, Aaron Harrison, Terrence Jones, Derek Willis, and Kyle Wiltjer, who are all playing in either the G-League or overseas, and asked them about their time at Kentucky and how much they miss it. (Spoiler: A lot.)

Even though Wiltjer, who is playing in Greece, transferred to Gonzaga, he still calls his time in Lexington “the best two years of [his] life,” as does Daniel Orton, who left school immediately after his freshman season, damaging Kentucky’s APR rating and his relationship with John Calipari.

“It was the best time of my life,” Orton says. “When you really look back, it’s like, damn. That was something really special there.”

Do yourself a favor and go check out the article in full. Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat.

[The Ringer]

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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17 responses to “The Ringer checks in on UK’s G-League/overseas players”

  1. Smyrna_Cat

    Thank you. This was nicely done. I like following all former Cats and love hearing how they are doing. Also, you did a nice job of giving a summary and referring us to the article, rather than feeling the need to paraphrase it all.


  2. dcarlinf1

    Last sentence needs a rewrite. Good info though.

  3. RexRox

    Out of this group of Cats, I feel like Terrence Jones definitely belongs in the NBA.

    1. BBNDan7

      T.Jones constantly gets screwed over in the nba

  4. c21judicole

    I think it would be good for those freshmen who are thinking of leaving this year to read this before jumping to the NBA unless they are a lottery pick. Real life is tough and according to this can be sad and alienating for the ones who are playing in the G league or overseas. I follow all of our UK players in the NBA, but we don’t often get the inside scoop on these kids. I feel bad for them because they may never realize their dreams.

  5. bluecrowe

    These kids get ridiculous advice from their families and hangers on because everyone has convinced them they are locks for the NBA. Even if you can leave at 19 after one year, is it always worth it?

  6. syrin23

    I have to wonder if Cal pushes these borderline players out to make room, if they go on their own, or if they go against Cal’s advice.

    1. henderblue

      Maybe a little bit of both

    2. UK Big Board Update

      You havent been paying attention.

  7. Catsfan1715

    I think this just shows how difficult it is to make it in the league. If I’m honest there’s only been a few players we’ve had I thought for sure were destined to be superstars. Wall, Cousins, Davis, Knight, KAT, Bam and Fox. Only one has underwhelmed (Knight-injuries). Shockers were Bledsoe, Booker, Skal, WCS, Ulis, Andrew and Liggins. Not that they are or aren’t superstars but I’m surprised they’re each where they are now.

  8. henderblue

    Or all of the above, depending on each individual situation

    1. henderblue

      Meant as a reply to syrin23

  9. kyle heavy

    Briscoe wasn’t even worthy of an interview I see. Where is that guy?

    1. wesmorgan1

      Briscoe plays for BC Kalev/Cramo in Talinn, Estonia. The team plays in Estonia’s top league, and he was just named MVP of the league’s All-Star Game after scoring 50.

    2. JusSayin

      Briscoe will be in the NBA. He just didn’t want waste prime money making years in the D. League. Most believe Portland would have kept him if they had space.

  10. Saul T. Nuts

    I watch a lot of NBA and G League, and I can’t believe some of these guys aren’t in the NBA. Archie has improved his game tremendously and should be on an NBA team. Terrance and Aaron (he has improved his consistency on 3ptrs) are definitely good enough to be contributors (if not starters) on many teams. It’s too early to tell whether Willis and Wiltjer are good enough. Teague is a surprise to me. I thought he would catch on with a team and at least be a serviceable backup.

    1. FlatTopsAndBlockedShots

      T-Jones not only should be on a roster but a guy that gets heavy minutes in rotation in 6th or 7th man role. He’s actually been a great distributor too, he’s the jr model of Julius Randle.