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Anthony Davis in the Rafters?

One of the most common debates among Kentucky fans centers around which jersey(s) should make it into the Rupp Arena rafters next. Many have argued that we are overdue for the addition of another jersey, and they are probably right. The case has been made for players ranging from Tayshaun Prince to Tony Delk. In the days following Kentucky’s national championship, some of the Kentucky faithful have pleaded the case for Darius Miller’s jersey to hang in the rafters someday down the road. Clearly, the current Kentucky players will not make the rafters before a few others have the chance, but someday they might.

 

In ten years we might be discussing whether or not Darius Miller’s jersey–a Kentucky born and bred player, a Mr. Kentucky basketball winner, a 4-year guy who played in more Kentucky games than anyone to wear the uniform– deserves to be placed in the rafters. The debate will be heated, to be sure. Some will say that he didn’t do enough statistically to warrant inclusion. Others will say that his contributions to Kentucky basketball, and his journey in general, stretch beyond what can be measured by statistics. I’m not here to argue whether or not Darius Miller should be placed into UK glory for the rest of time. I’m here to throw another name into the mix. Anthony Davis. 

 

Barring a small miracle, Anthony Davis will more than likely declare for the NBA draft in the very near future. Davis is a projected consensus #1 pick and would be hard pressed to find a reason to pass up on that opportunity. In all likelihood, Davis’ Kentucky career will begin and end with his freshman season. What a freshman season he had though. Anthony Davis is arguably one of the best, if not the best player to put on a Kentucky uniform. He is the first Kentucky player to haul in all 6 major National Player of the Year awards. He will go down in NCAA history as one of the best defenders to play the game. Davis’ effect on the defensive end of the court on every single play of every single possession was something you don’t often see in college basketball. On top of all of that, he helped lead Kentucky to a national championship. Not to mention the first in 14 years. He was the best player on one of the best Kentucky teams of all time. He won MOP honors in the championship game, even though he only hit one field goal.

 

I know it may be hard to consider someone for a spot in the rafters when they were only part of the program for a single year, but could Anthony Davis be the exception? I’m hard pressed to find reasons not to include him. Discuss amongst yourselves…

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

122 Comments for Anthony Davis in the Rafters?



  1. barn
    8:34 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    i think ad might the best player ever at UK but i don’t think any player who is here for just 1 year should have his number in the rafters of Rupp.



  2. MKGMVP
    8:35 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    I would say he accomplished way more 1 year then most do in 4. So yes.



  3. RealTalk
    8:39 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    Unless there is a rule saying you have to stay X amount of years then it should be retired. He has had as big of an impact on a program and a season as you could possibly can



  4. Big M
    8:39 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    The only NPOY in our storied program….I think you have to hang his #23….As far as Miller’s, without question hang it up on down the road….



  5. huck
    8:42 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    I say no, I think it should be for UK “students” that pay more dues than essentially a few months of playing… ball, women and a very nice, paid for road trip. Why not follow the rules? I know there have been exceptions, but not for one year players/ drive byes.



  6. thenamerobdigity
    8:44 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    If a national player of the year, what would someone need to do to get their jersey retired?

    Darius Miller, no because he wasn’t good enough.



  7. Mitch
    8:44 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    I agree that his # should hang in the rafters. He has accomplished a lot in a short period of time at the college level. That said. There is a list of players i believe that is in line in front of him. But being here only one year shouldnt be a stop when he was a national player of the year.



  8. Sorry
    8:44 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    I agree that ad was a great player and will hold a large section of the history books. But in NO stretch of the imagination should a one year player have his number retired…



  9. njCat
    8:46 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    NPOY, Final 4 MOP, SEC player of year, National defensive player of year, and a freeking championship.

    Why is this even a question????



  10. I heard
    8:47 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    that there was a rule that you had to graduate to be eligible, that’s why it took a few years for mashburn to be honored, he had to finish his degree first.



  11. njCat
    8:48 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    Darius is a GREAT kid and he did hang in through a very tough freshman year – but he was not one of the great players in the history of the program. Don’t really see his jersey ending up in the rafters.



  12. Diesel
    8:51 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    If the only player in your programs history to win National POY doesn’t deserve it then no one does. Is it his fault he was the best player in the country as a freshman?



  13. Big Blue 66
    8:51 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    all of the people on here saying no because of being a one year player should answer their phone, their rotary phone, 1975 is calling and they want their 4 year players back. Ant D should without hesitation or any doubt be hanging in the rafters. I know some just cant seem to deal with different times, but times change and evolve, I mean at one point you couldnt dunk in a game, there was no three point line. crazy to be stuck in an old way of thinking.



  14. steven
    8:52 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    If these were UNC players they would honor them. UK thinks that they don’t have too. Therin lies the difference.



  15. Sheray thomas's vertical
    8:53 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    AD DESERVES IT. YOU CANT ACCOMPLISH ANYMORE THAN HE DID



  16. BUcats
    8:54 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    I disagree with Matt that John Wall’s jersey should hang in the rafters. #11 would have been up there like Mashburn’s had he stayed a year or two more. But JW didn’t win a title, let alone make a Final Four and was not a consensus NPOY. I think AD could warrant some discussion however due to his individual and team accomplishments. All of this is moot till they get Delk, Prince, etc up there.



  17. Big Blue 66
    8:56 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    10, then change the rule to be in alignment with the times. Many rules are changed, and if there is some ridiculous, antiquated rule by UK, then change it.



  18. Fan2011
    8:57 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    When arguing about the merits of who should be honored with a retired jersey, it is worth noting the statistical contributions of some of the ones from long ago. It is not nearly what you would think (although admittedly, different eras produce different norms). I still think it’s safe to say we’ve gotten a bit more stringent over the years.



  19. Big Blue 66
    8:58 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    J Wall shouldnt be retired, Matt just has a mancrush. I loved him being here, but didnt do anything remotely worthy of that honor.



  20. Mack
    8:59 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    #23 to the rafters. No other player has brought more individual awards to the CATS Basketball Program while leading the team to a NC.



  21. RealTalk
    9:01 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    Lets not be a prisoner of the moment. When we look back down the road, we wont Darius Miller deserves to be there. His biggest contribution is being a native of Kentucky and being a sixth man on a championship team. If Tayshaun Prince, Chuck Hayes, Tony Delk, and Patrick Patterson dont have their jerseys up there… neither should Miller. Great guy, great player, but this is Kentucky and we’ve has a bunch of those.



  22. Will Hill
    9:01 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    Normally I would agree that a 1 year player shouldn’t have his jersey retired. But, the fact that Davis won all six NPOY awards, National Defensive player of the year, National freshman of the year, and won a national championship, I think you have to hang him up there.



  23. Ugly muffin
    9:02 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    30 years from now, who will I be telling my grand kids about? I will be telling stories about the Brow bringing home number 8. AD is worthy



  24. real uk fan
    9:02 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    It is ridiculous to even think about keeping Mr. Davis’ jersey from being placed in the rafters of Rupp. If he isn’t deserving there is no player who ever played for UK that is deserving. It makes absolutely no difference how many years he is there. One is enough.



  25. ToddSvoboda'sWarmUp
    9:03 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    shagari alleyne. #21



  26. Jimmy
    9:04 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    I said he was the best player I have ever seen play at uk and some of u thought I was nuts, he belongs up there because there will be a no player to come in. And do what he did period…..



  27. Car89
    9:05 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    AD should hang with the rest. I’m with #13, times do change, 6 NPOY awards a National Championship and a model team player. However yes others should be first.



  28. Indiana Tom
    9:06 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    NO QUESTION ABOUT IT. YES SIR!!!



  29. BlueNotes
    9:07 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    get his degree and he’s in….

    I think it says a lot about the “character” factor of players when they come back to get their degrees i.e. Wayne Turner.



  30. Colorado Cat
    9:08 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    If a player is Player of the Year in all of college basketball and your team wins it all that year…than I say YES



  31. Mercer
    9:08 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    I think we should hold a banner hanging with

    1)Tony Delk
    2)Scott Padgett
    3)Tayshaun Prince
    4)Keith Bogans
    5)Antoine Walker,Derek Anderson,Walter Mccarty, Nazr Muhammad, or Jamal Magloire (I cant decide)
    and then 10 years down the road think about Davis,MKG,and whenever Calipari wants his up there just hang it.



  32. Cablaw3
    9:09 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    He is the first Nat’l POY from UK. No brainer.



  33. Hayes4Prez
    9:09 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    Yes he deserves it.

    Most decorated player to ever play at Kentucky & a National Champion.

    Others should be up there before him, but AD deserves a banner. It’s a new era in College Basketball, the years of 3-4 yr players are over.



  34. Tom Blevins
    9:10 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    I’d like to see a complete list of the players who already have their jerseys hanging from the rafters. I have no arguement with Miller and Davis both receiving this honor, but there might be some others who deserve also to be there and aren’t yet.



  35. Another Perspective
    9:12 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    I think Davis should be there. It is to reward basketball achievement and, without question, he achieved. In addition to all the personal accolades, most importantly, he led his team to a national championship.

    For the record, though, he did NOT sweep the top six POY awards. Draymond Green won the NABC POY award.



  36. UKGrad04
    9:13 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    Imagine a Heisman trophy winner without his jersey retired (or that school’s equivalent). Put it up with a brow on it.



  37. joey bagadoughnuts
    9:15 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    Yes for AD. The honor should be for players who 1. leave an indelible mark on the program (check) 2. An outstanding player (check) 3. a quality citizen (check) and maybe above all, 4. someone who you will tell your kids or grand kids you saw play one day. For me, as a kid seeing the names retired made me want to learn about them from those who came before me. Some kid that was just born will listen to stories of the unibrow and the shot blocking. If he comes back one more year MKG could stake a claim as well. Darius, right now I say no. Yes, this season he was a senior leader but he did struggle mightily at times throughout his career.



  38. Another Perspective
    9:15 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    Top Six Major POY Awards:

    Rupp Award
    Associated Press
    John R Wooden
    Naismith
    USBWA (Oscar Robertson Award)
    NABC



  39. Brandon Gearheart
    9:16 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    I think we are behind all the other schools in jersey retirements period. I am at the point to where it is ridiculous that Tubby Smith is not in the rafters, he won a NC. Get it done before the race card is played.Here are the ones that should be there.
    1.Tubby
    2.Delk
    3.Shep



  40. DowntownShown
    9:17 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    HANG IT….



  41. HillbillyInBC
    9:17 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    No need to wait IMHO. Raise it the first time he comes back to Rupp for a home game, as he’s standing at mid-court making the biggest ‘Y’ ever.



  42. Lonnieb
    9:18 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    The one year stuff is becoming pointless. If 3 or 4 years is a criteria………..that is essentially saying that there may be no player in Cal’s tenure at UK, which I have a feeling if he stays 10 years or so will be the best stretch in UK history will have their number in he rafters. The players that stay 4 years under Cal most likely will not be good enough and the studs will not be here long enough. Maybe Lamb will stay and end my debate, because with another year of 15+ a game he is a no brainer. But the amount of years should not matter, and for the matter nothing about school or academics should matter as several mentioned. You get your jersey up there for your ability on the court if you are eligible thats good enough for me



  43. UK Homer
    9:21 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    Give it some time. This unique era will likely need to be evaluated after the fact when we’ve had a chance to see all the one-and-dones.



  44. lil donnie t
    9:21 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    Anthony Davis should be placed up there. Not immediately, but yes, he deserves it. His body of work in one season is impressive, and the things he did which statistics don’t track were just as impressive. Other players are in line ahead, but Davis’ place in UK history is definitely there.



  45. SagaciousMind
    9:23 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    If John Pelphry and those guys had their jerseys hung, so should Darius. Most people dont realize how great of a player he was until they look at his over statistics. He was pivotal in bringing home #8 and he deserves to be up there. As for Anthony Davis, I would think he’s the only one and done that deserves it. If not, they at least need a statue of him or somethin cuz he’s arguably the best player ever.



  46. UK&KSRfan
    9:23 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    If we exclude 1 year players we may not add any jerseys in the future. It’s a different era now. Put 23 up there. Why does it take so long. Dell last played in 96 ? 16 yrs. long enough ?



  47. like a bazz
    9:25 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    did somebody say jeff shephard, ha! anyway, i do like the idea of waiting until the guy graduates, so give it a few years … btw, who says he doesn’t come back next year, he hasn’t even declared for the draft yet … hang it now? when he comes back for #9 he’d have to wear a different jersey, geeez



  48. DUDE
    9:25 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    If he ever graduates then yes. If he doesn’t graduate, no.



  49. Joe Dan
    9:26 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    Joker Phillips has been at UK 20 years…..

    Damn right Davis belongs there



  50. #WWMKGD
    9:26 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    YES… Seriously, people, get off the whole “come back and get your degree thing.” The most important part of college is to figure out what you want to do and then study and get really good at it. Guess what?! AD is already good enough to be a pro at his career. So please, once again, explain to me why he needs a degree to have his jersey in the rafters? Are Steven Jobs and Bill Gates less because they didn’t graduate college? NO! the difference is that most people aren’t ready for careers until they graduate. If AD wanted to finish his degree, more power to him. thats wonderful. But it makes NO difference when it comes to his chosen career in basketball. People seriously need to get over the one and done deal. Its not AD’s fault that the NBA made him go through the motions of college when he was already good enough to go pro in his profession.



  51. SagaciousMind
    9:27 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    Delk, McCarty, Sheppard, Turner, Prince, Bogans, Hayes, Patterson, Miller should be in there for sure. Some players werent as great, but what they meant their teams should count for somethin. Delk and McCarty should be no argument. Sheppard bc he was part of 96 and 98 championship. Turner bc he was in that mid 90s romp, leading assist leader and was #1 all time games. Prince bc of what he done on the court and in the NBA, Olympics. Bogans, he is top 5 pts. Hayes bc of what he meant to the team, no denying he’s one the most beloved. Patterson cuz he was this eras Mashburn, and Miller cuz of his career and what he done this year. Then you can argue Padgett and some others.



  52. Mike from Union
    9:27 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    Most of you did not see Dan Issel play. He averaged 25 points a game. AD was great and UK won a Championship they could not have won without him. But , No, they should not retire his number based on 1 year. They also could not have won without Lamb and Jones coming back. This was a total team effort , and not just 1 player. There would be no discussion if they would have lost Monday night.



  53. Travis Mattox
    9:28 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    You have to change according to the times when dealing with an issue like one and dones. This is the time we live in. If a player is ineligible from having his number retired, than we probably wont ever retire another number at UK because all of our best players will, in all likelihood, be one and dones.



  54. c1doc
    9:29 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    Antoine Walker or we wouldn’t have #6



  55. TN Cat
    9:32 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    Old people will say no. Young people will say yes.



  56. SagaciousMind
    9:33 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    52, ppl argue Davis bc he won 6 POY awards, not to mention all the SEC awards he got, he got an NCAA title and finals MOP. The rule says he had to go to school, if it wasnt for the he’d never be here. And if the rule was different he may have been here 2 or 3 years. He’s one of the greatest to ever play the game of basketball period.
    54, I always thought Walker as well but with the rules being the way they are they wont. But, to say we wouldnt win it without him may not be true, we were a deep team that year. This year is different. Without Davis, we dont win it.



  57. Rex's Mullett
    9:35 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    You’re and idiot! He was mop of the final four not just the final game. Now get back in the kitchen and cook me some pie woman!!!



  58. Shawn
    9:35 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    Im all for retiring jerseys If they have earned It and AD has done a perfect job so far. Lets see what kind of pro career he has. If you retire It early you are more likely to run a risk of retiring someones jersey who could later In life go on to do something to make you regret It. Im not saying AD Is that kind of person, I just dont think you retire anyones jersey right off the bat unless Its to honor their passing.



  59. BigBlueCats
    9:36 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    I really wish the ones saying he shouldnt have his number RETIRED would re evaluate their statement. We are not talking about retireing a number. That means the number would no longer be worn by any other player. We are however talking about having the mans JERSEY hanging in the rafters. Completely different. And for those that say Millers shouldnt. Why are the Unforgettables jerseys up there. Their stats werent so great that they wont be touched. Miller is a home grown KY boy that in his last year and most of his Junior year, was a player that when you needed a spark to get the team going, he came through. AD is the first true player of the year and will be only the second number one pick in the draft. No AD, no title 8 hanging right now so hell yes he eventually goes up there



  60. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?
    9:42 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    Best player to put on the blue and white and a national champion. Hang it.



  61. BigBlueFanInTN
    9:44 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    Anthony should have his jersey hung up but not yet give it a while. Darius i think deserves it as much as AD because he stayed through the billy g. mess and if we didnt have him we argueably wouldnt have #8



  62. Manbearpig
    9:45 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    AD deserves it, but think it should be a few years down the road 4-5. As far as the case for people trying to say you “have to be good enough” to be retired, look at some of the stats from the Unforgettables, they weren’t the best and there has been better, but they held a place in our heart and that’s why they are there. I don’t think Wall goes, but Patterson & Miller got my vote along with others that have been mentioned (Delk, Tayshaun, Bogans, etc)



  63. Johnny Pimpleface
    9:45 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    So we get 45 chapters about some lezbo on the womens team but we get a paragraph about the greatest basketball player in UK history? Sounds about right! Keep up the good work you worthless reject!



  64. FanfromOHIO
    9:46 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    Delk
    Prince
    Bogans
    Anthony Davis

    Give the one and done crap a rest. He’s the best center ever at UK
    BOWIE was slow. Times change. Bring Bowie in today’s game and he’s bad. I mean real bad.



  65. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?
    9:48 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    63….smh



  66. Duke sucks
    9:51 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    I think PPat should go up next.He may have been the most important cat since Mashburn to me. Delk was great too. Who ever is next should be soon it is time for anther one .



  67. Lezboallyduh
    9:54 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    Who let the Lezbo write
    I mean she went on n on in the last post n only two line o. Our guy AD??? Wtf

    Must want some munchin on the rug



  68. nky
    9:55 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    this whole team should hang in the rafters



  69. Perfect Patterson
    10:01 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    Who cares about the rafters. Myself and the hundreds of thousands of people in BBN will be telling our children and grand children for the next 80 years about Mr Davis and the incredible season he had, the unrivaled talent he was, and the champion he became; all while we enjoyed one of the most incredible seasons ever.



  70. huck
    10:01 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    A little trivia for some, when your jersey gets retired – the number can still be used. Retiring a number is a different thing.

    Can anyone guide me to UK’s rules on retiring jerseys? I had the complete set at one time and for the last few years have only been able to find a condensed listing.

    Yes for some of you young ones that tell us that times are changing, yes, we know that better than you. I’m still a single and still playing, crazy nut that finished UK in 87. Having your jersey up in Rupp is more than just what’s going on now, its a tie to the past as well. They have rules on what it takes to be eligable and it takes more than just a flyby.

    Some of you talking like…. times have changed, its not his fault…. he is not entitled to a jersey in the rafters, its the schools choice whether they honor him that way or not. What about Lebron, it wasn’t his fault that he was so good either, he made the “Y” – how about him in the rafters? Some seem to think since we havent put any up lately… we need to, not.

    I wouldn’t have any problem at all with it, but it should be for players that more time on campus, <1 year is not enough! Mash was an exception that I understand, but for the most part(I think they should be one of us".

    Hey KSR, dig out the rules.



  71. DavisBrow
    10:05 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    Yes, eventually. Others should be up first. In my opinion, at least one player from a champ team and any champ coach deserves to be up there. So yes, even the likes of Tubby should be up there before AD. At least Delk, Padgett, and Prince should be up there as well. No way does Wall deserve to go up. Much love for him, but having swag does not equal HOF.



  72. Depoy
    10:06 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    Someone thinks freaking Magloire in rafters? Shephard?Walker? Good lord .If you are that ignorant of UK hoops then just shut up.Delk only guy at this point that goes up.Prince better pro than college as he really didn’t produce any titles .Bogans in same boat despite 3 all time scoring even after taking a year off with team turmoil.



  73. as89
    10:15 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    If Anthony Davis continues to rep the Wildcats in 5-10 years, sure, put him up. I doubt it will be like that though. I think after 1-2 seasons of playing in the NBA, Davis probably won’t even remember the name of the city UK is in. Miller on the other hand will always be a Kentucky Wildcat. Sure, he might not have been on top of the stat charts or won national awards, but his intangibles were priceless.

    TL/DR: Anthony Davis was a great Kentucky player, Darius Miller was a great Kentucky Wildcat.



  74. Burger-N-Shake
    10:15 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    No. 48 is dead on.



  75. huck
    10:21 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    Here is one tid bit:

    The UK Athletics Hall of Fame will recognize and honor persons whose participation and contributions enriched and strengthened the University’s athletic program. Criteria that will be considered includes athletic and academic accomplishments of the individual while at UK, as well as post-UK accomplishments and character.

    Kentucky has a long history of honoring its greats by retiring their jerseys at Rupp Arena (men’s basketball….. This honor remains in place as an extension of the hall of fame recognition. The 2005 charter class consisted of the 88 individuals who had previously had their jersey retired.

    There is a five-year waiting period – after leaving UK – to be eligible for inclusion into the Hall of Fame, and a 10-year waiting period to have a jersey retired. An individual must be a member of the Hall of Fame to be eligible for jersey retirement.

    At one point I had a list of all the requirements but it was lost in a hard drive failure. Lets find these rules, there are too many questions, too often about this.



  76. dave
    10:29 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    66- no. ppat was great, but the cats revival has a lot more to do with john calipari coming & bringing cousins, wall, knight, lamb, jones, mkg, davis than ppat coming here.



  77. Blueball'n
    10:30 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    Yes u hang is jersey up right beside that championship banner that wouldn’t b hanging there without him!!!!!!!!



  78. Bankshot
    10:33 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    A legend can be made overnight. ADs legend blossomed over the course of a season. If you make a list of players who set school, conference and NCAA records, and who led their team to a Championship, that list would be a who’s who of UK basketball, and would be a short list as well. Davis is a Kentucky Wildcat great. And deserves legendary status. Recognize. Point blank. Period.



  79. Catsrule101
    10:35 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    He won every POY trophy. He was the mop of the championship game. He was the arguably the most effective game changer in college basketball this year, possibly ever. I know names like Alcindor and Russell And Walton will be mentioned. The game in their playing days I don’t believe comes close to today’s game. Davis’ mere presence on the court changed opposing teams mental state. Offenses were wrecked by his presence. If someone who could be in the top 5 all time college players can’t have his jersey retired then I don’t know who could. Even if he only stayed one year we will be talking about him to our grandchildren. Every discussion of UK basketball will include his name from now on. Every defensive player in college ball will forever be compared to Anthony Davis. For his jersey not to hang in our hallowed rafters would be a tragedy.



  80. Nolecat
    10:36 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    This shouldn’t even be a discussion. Davis, Delk, Hayes, Bogans, Prince, Tubby, Turner, Walker, Mercer…All Americans, Record Breakers, significant contributors to National Championship teams, are all deserving….Take Richie’s down….didn’t deserve a spot in the first place, now he continues to make a fool of himself and sheds negative light on the program



  81. jlyne24
    10:42 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    I’m not sure what UK’s or many other university’s stipulation is, but by winning the naismith player of the year that seems to get your jersey raised, it happened with Kevin Durant at Texas. there are a number of things to be qualified for a UNC player to get his jersey retired. though he probably won’t get the honor, harrison barnes is eligible just for making second team all-american. Anthony Davis was a monster all season, showed no signs of slowing down or hitting a wall, will be beloved for all time from BBN, finish it off by honoring one of the greatest players to ever don the Kentucky jersey



  82. gcat4496
    10:43 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    Hang it baby. This guy is the reason we won #8. He is a once a decade player and will be a superstar in the NBA. At 6’11, his skill set is unbelievable. He rebounds like a beast, he blocks shots like a fly swat, he dunks with ease, and he handles the ball like a point guard. Oh did I mention that he has a sweet jumper and baby hook. He is awesome baby. Every game this year, his stat line showed that he was a difference maker. His talent so immense, that some of you are wondering if Nerlins Noel will come close to measuring up to Anthony Davis. I don’t think even Shaq had this guys talent. They should make a statue of Davis outside Rupp. He is the greatest player to ever wear the blue.



  83. kfund
    10:45 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    I like Darius, but don’t think he should be in the rafters.

    Time will have to pass before AD can / should be considered. That time will give the opportunity to reflect on his legacy. For now a definite maybe.



  84. ukcat1
    10:47 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    When was the last Jersey retired? Who decides? I agree with #80 about the additions. don’t want to discuss subtractions!



  85. CATSCATSCATS
    10:52 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    What about Prince? You could make a pretty good case for him too.



  86. MIkeD
    10:59 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    AD is more qualified than anyone to have his jersey retired



  87. Mercer
    11:00 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    Lets just say you can have 5 banners now and 5 in 7-8 years …who would ya take

    Now) Later)
    Tubby Smith Anthony Davis
    Wayne Turner Jeff Shepard
    Antoine Walker Keith Bogans
    Derek Anderson Tayshaun Prince
    Tony Delk Chuck Hayes

    Others considered: Mccarty,Padgett,Mercer,Wall,Cousins,Knight,Harrelson,D.Miller,Judd(why not?),Magloire,Fitch,Hawkins,Patterson,Meeks



  88. Mercer
    11:05 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    last jersey retired was mashburn in i think 93?

    p.s : not even lying my name is inside that banner on a piece of paper my uncle made those banners for the unforgettables and on



  89. 00BBN00
    11:12 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    81. UNC only retires POY winners.



  90. Sleptwithyomama
    11:19 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    Playing for billy g and then finishing under coach cal is in no way shape or form equivalent to playing or staying to play for Kentucky when the misery of 1988 stuck this program. Investigations, Players fleeing, players banned, tournament bans, records vacated, tv bans, looming fears of the death penalty, and humiliating losses; then rebounding with a group of players that no one wanted but finished their very last moments as a team with the effort and heart that brought the program back to life is incomparable!!! For the love of god, please stop compairing what some players statistically accomplished in fair, good, and great times with what the unforgettables did in lifting the program up from rock bottom.



  91. gerry baldridge
    11:27 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    I agree that Davis is an exemptional player especially on the defensive side of the court. However, MKG could be the next superstar NBA player in the likes of MJ and LJ. T Jones impressed me the most about this team, because he grew the most as an overall team player and was a major reason why UK cut down the nets. IMO had not Jones returned this year then #8 may not have happened. Marquis Teague was the point who had the least of all the accolades arriving at UK/Memphis last 4 years Cal led team and is the only one that has a nc next to his name. D Lamb is an exceptional 2 guard and was the most improved defensive player this year. Miller deserves everything coming his way and being old school I will always love the graduates. In short, you take away any of the top 6 and #8 might not happen.



  92. OldSeaBlue
    11:29 pm April 8, 2012 Permalink

    POY and 8: Hang IT!!!!!!!!
    IF not UK can stop begging me for $$$$.



  93. PatMan
    12:03 am April 9, 2012 Permalink

    Darius Miller’s jersey goes up before Anthony Davis’s. Sorry I’m a sucker for the guys who put in their 4 year time and are a huge part of the team and I will always favor them over one & done. Think about the players that would have never seen much game time, like Cameron Mills !



  94. KC
    12:19 am April 9, 2012 Permalink

    AD:
    6 NPOY
    l D’POY
    Fr. POY
    All-American
    Final 4 MOP
    Nat’l Championship
    Single season blocks leader at UK with helping lead the team to the NCAA single season record.
    Future #1 pick
    As much I love to see Pratt, Delk, Prince, Bogans, Tubby, Wall, and Miller in the rafters Davis is on a different level.



  95. BKD
    12:20 am April 9, 2012 Permalink

    AD has a title and way too many individual awards not to be up there. I’m okay with some others (Delk, Bogans, Tubby) being first, but not having AD up there is like not hanging any team banners other than championship years.



  96. Buckets
    12:38 am April 9, 2012 Permalink

    No doubt Tony Delk, Tayshaun Prince and Keith Bogans all should have their names hoisted above the court in Rupp. No doubt, no question, no debate.

    Darius ended up being my favorite player on this year’s team, but I’m not sure if he should get a banner. The best thing on this issue would probably be to wait a few years. If Tony Delk can wait this long, no reason to rush this decision.

    Davis? Yes. But not any time soon. Delk, Prince and Bogans are next in line. Let’s get that done, and get it done soon. I really don’t understand what they delay has been. They’ve earned it and they’re certainly worthy.



  97. Ukbloodblue
    1:21 am April 9, 2012 Permalink

    I honestly can’t believe this discussion. If you retire AD’s, you need to retire MKG’s, and Teague’s. The 3 super freshmen. Wiltjer is coming back, but he should be up there too. And obviousy Darius, Doron, and super beast Terrence Jones. Let’s quit giving everything to one person when we should all be smart enough to understand it’s a team sport. Do you all think that he would have got all the awards with a bad team? Hell no. AD is maybe the best Freshmen college player I have ever seen, one of the best period, and I do think he was our MVP. But let’s please get on with it. I’d be a bit sour if I was the other guys. Maybe somewhere down the road we could retire some jerseys, but there’s alot of guys that deserve it.



  98. Me
    1:50 am April 9, 2012 Permalink

    If stayin at least 3 yrs is a requirement to have your jersey retired then id like to go ahead and congratulate Kyle Wiltjer on being the first Cal recruit to get the honors. I believe that both Miller and AD will see em go up and possibly MKG, but it wont be for several more years… Like 10+



  99. GoBigBlue
    3:07 am April 9, 2012 Permalink

    How can you not put in a player that in one year accomplished more than players that have had their jerseys retired and played 3-4 years? He accomplished more than them in ONE YEAR. If we are going to keep the antiquated “Must be here longer than one year” judgement around, we are going to be waiting until they change the one and done rule, because the best are all going to bolt. But when you are setting records like AD, I don’t think it matters if it’s more than one year or not.



  100. Red Bird
    3:09 am April 9, 2012 Permalink

    I’m sorry. I still think Miller has to go. Look at what the kid has been through. I think he has shown that happens when you fight through hardships. You become a champion. Also, I think he will be the last great player from the state to make it.



  101. Dave in Kabul
    3:21 am April 9, 2012 Permalink

    AD accomplished more than any other player in Kentucky Basketball History with the possible exception of the guys who were key players in multiple Championship victories.

    If Basketball Athletes stayed in College for 4 years still, he’d more than likely blow most of the Statistics out the window.

    I think you have to judge by era. This is the era of the One and Done. With that in mind, what more could the kid accomplish. In what ways could he have better represented the University. The only way that he could improve would be to go against his own interests and come back for a 2nd year and do it all again. Anyone who wants that is simply self centered and wishes to deny AD success/happiness so that they can live vicariously through his experiences. I’d say that those people need to get a life.

    He swept the Player of the Year Awards, was key in winning the 2012 NCAA Championship, was named MOP of the Final Four, broke the blocks record, played nearly every position on the floor multiple times, represented UK with pride, discipline and class.

    What more could one ask of him? There will not be another Anthony Davis. He is one unique human being.



  102. Dave in Kabul
    3:23 am April 9, 2012 Permalink

    What would be nice is Team Banners. Instead of retiring Jerseys, put Team Banners up there or do it in addition to retiring Jerseys.



  103. Dave in Kabul
    3:27 am April 9, 2012 Permalink

    Please stop the talk about Tubby Smith being in the rafters. They guy stuck it to Kentucky in so many ways.

    He refused to improve then he skulked off after spending an entire season planning his run.

    F*CK TLT!



  104. Dave in Kabul
    3:34 am April 9, 2012 Permalink

    Tubby ruined more players than Gillispie.

    I’d have loved to have seen Prince, Crawford, Morris, Rondo and Bogans and even Bradley under Cal or Pitino. Most of the rest of the guys whom TLT recruited would never have made it to campus under Cal or Pitino.



  105. Billy G
    5:25 am April 9, 2012 Permalink

    Where the F&*( is my banner? If it wasn’t for me wrecking the program you guys wouldn’t have Cal or #8!!!



  106. Tony O
    6:13 am April 9, 2012 Permalink

    I think the number 8 should be retired in honor of the entire team. We will all look to the rafters, think of the team who brought Kentucky championship number 8, and think of Davis, MKG, Jones, 3-goggles, the unibrow, Coach Cal, etc etc etc.



  107. patrick from ht
    6:43 am April 9, 2012 Permalink

    Until Delk’s jersey is retired, all talk of anyone else getting their jersey retired should be tabled. Also, at the rate UK retires jersey’s, Anthony Davis will be retired from basketball before he can even be discussed.



  108. fiddlestix
    7:41 am April 9, 2012 Permalink

    Has there ever been a championship year when no jersey was hung?



  109. ScCat
    7:51 am April 9, 2012 Permalink

    Dave in Kabul,
    You’re wrong about Tubbs man. He won a title, made 3 final 8 games and had his own undefeated SEC season. Regardless of whether he mismanaged some talent, his accomplishments during his tenure are well worthy of a banner. It should be an easy call to make.



  110. Garrett
    7:52 am April 9, 2012 Permalink

    All this rafters talk needs to stop … it’s getting ridiculous.



  111. Of course.
    7:54 am April 9, 2012 Permalink

    Half of the names up there shouldn’t be. There’s no reason why the standards should get tougher as time goes on. His number would be retired based on standards at UNC, Duke, and Kansas. Some of our other players in the rafters right now would not be.



  112. Ridge Runner
    8:15 am April 9, 2012 Permalink

    Someone earlier asked about this…
    UK Retired Jerseys:

    Basil Hayden
    Carey Spicer
    Forest Sale
    John DeMoisey No. 00
    Adrian Smith No. 50
    Layton Rouse No. 26
    Ken Rollins No. 10
    Alex Groza No. 15
    Ralph Beard No. 12
    Wallace Jones No. 27
    Cliff Barker No. 23
    Bill Spivey No. 77
    Cliff Hagan No. 6
    Frank Ramsey No. 30
    Lou Tsioropoulos No. 16
    Billy Evans No. 42
    Gayle Rose No. 20
    Jerry Bird No. 22
    Phil Grawemeyer No. 44
    Bob Burrow No. 52
    Vernon Hatton No. 50
    Johnny Cox No. 24
    Cotton Nash No. 44
    Louie Dampier No. 10
    Pat Riley No. 42
    Dan Issel No. 44
    Kevin Grevey No. 35
    Jack “Goose” Givens No. 21
    Rick Robey No. 53
    Kyle Macy No. 4
    Sam Bowie No. 31
    Kenny “Sky” Walker No. 34
    Deron Feldhaus No. 12
    John Pelphrey No. 34 Richie Farmer No. 32 Sean Woods No. 11
    Jamal Mashburn No. 24

    Coaches:



  113. Scoutblue23
    8:56 am April 9, 2012 Permalink

    It’s apparent most of the responders above are too young to know the history of most of the previously retired jerseys. If you did, you know that the people up there were valuable not just to the university, but in national ways as well. HOWEVER,



  114. Scoutblue23
    8:59 am April 9, 2012 Permalink

    However, Pelphry, Farmer, Woods, and Feldhaus, should come down. They were an emotional favorite because we’d been decimated and Pitino got whatever he wanted then. They were not then, and are not now, deserving of being there. It makes a sham out of the accomplishments of the likes of Riley, Issel, Givens, and Macy.



  115. EgginDallas
    9:18 am April 9, 2012 Permalink

    Patterson needs his retired. As does Tony Delk.



  116. Scott in Tally
    10:02 am April 9, 2012 Permalink

    I think Davis is a great player and if he stays 2 more years, then put his number up there. I don’t think one and done’s deserve it. I don’t think the fans deserve it either. I know people will disagree and that is OK but that is how I feel. Darius (who I don’t think should be up there) deserves it more than Davis for sticking out 4 years and suffering through BCG.



  117. bob
    10:16 am April 9, 2012 Permalink

    Miller should be a no-brainer to hang. But Davis ws only here for one year. If you want to be called one of the greatest of all time, you need to be here for all 4 years



  118. thenamerobdigity
    10:33 am April 9, 2012 Permalink

    Miller didn’t even start a lot of games. MKG and Davis are what this team will be remembered for (mainly Davis).



  119. Good King Wenceslas
    11:02 am April 9, 2012 Permalink

    To the extent that we use these jerseys as a recruiting tool and to promote our “brand”, it would be absolutely crazy not to hang Davis’ banner. No recruits these days are going to know any name up there right now except Maybe Mashburn. Why on God’s Green Earth would we not take advantage of this?



  120. Jason
    12:11 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    Sorry, just can’t see a one year player getting his jersey hung. We made fun of Texas for this, remember?
    Besides, we cannot begin to make this argument until Delk’s jersey is retired. The fact that it isn’t is a joke.



  121. Leo A. McKay
    12:24 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    My vote is for Darius Miller, now if Davis was to stay one more year, he woulod get my vote…



  122. B Mac
    1:31 pm April 9, 2012 Permalink

    Miller and Davis both should have their jersey’s retired. Miller has been one of the most loved UK players of all time, he may not have the BEST stats over a 4 year period like some but is one of the X-Factors for the 2012 team. The reasoning for Davis explains itself, best UK player of all time, regardless of how long he will be at UK. Both deserve it and I think they should eventually, but behind others who greatly deserve it of course.