The state of the Kentucky takes as much pride in it’s counties as maybe any other state in the country. Folks often identify with their county more than the city they grew up in. And that can often bleed over into Kentucky basketball as well. Especially for counties outside of the major cities in Kentucky, the more rural areas of the state, to have a player don the blue and white takes on a kind of county pride that us folks in Louisville and Lexington don’t feel. Sure, Scott Padgett came from Louisville, but I didn’t take anymore pride watching him as I did Anthony Epps. But I bet the folks of Marion County would disagree when it comes to Epps.
But do you know exactly how many players in the history of Kentucky basketball have come from each of the 120 counties? Well, I tabulated the numbers from Jon Scott’s website, and here are the results:
Bourbon, Campbell, Woodford
Clark, Floyd, Perry
Anderson, Boone, Shelby
Hardin, Harlan, Henry, Johnson, McCracken, Montgomery, Pulaski, Union
Bell, Casey, Christian, Crittendon, Franklin, Graves, Harrison, Henderson, Jessamine, Laurel, Lee, Marshall, Muhlenberg
Barren, Bracken, Bullitt, Carroll, Clay, Fleming, Greenup, Hancock, Letcher, Lewis, Lincoln, McCreary, Marion, Martin, Mercer, Oldham, Scott, Warren
Ballard (Ken Rollins), Bath (Dan Swartz), Boyle (Doug Pendygraft), Breckenridge (Michael Parks), Calloway (Stan Key), Estill (Guy Strong), Fulton (Harold Ross), Grant (Dave Lawrence), Grayson (Jim Dinwiddie), Hart (Arthur Donan), Hickman (Sam Harper), Knott (Ernest Sparkman), Knox (Terry Mills), Larue (Adrian Back), Magoffin (Lincoln Collingsworth), Metcalfe (J.P. Blevins), Nelson (Harvey Mattingly), Nicolas (Ned Jennings), Ohio (Marshall Barnes), Pendleton (John Campbell), Powell (Harold Hurst), Taylor County (Merion Haskins), Trimble (Jack Tingle)
Adair, Allen, Breathitt, Butler, Caldwell, Carlilse, Carter, Clinton, Cumberland, Edmonson, Elliott, Gallatin, Green, Jackson, Lawrence, Leslie, Livingston, Logan, Lyon, McLean, Meade, Menifee, Monroe, Morgan, Owsley, Robertson, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, Simpson, Spencer, Todd, Trigg, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Wolfe
So, what do you think? Where is your county and what is the player you think could have succeeded at Kentucky that didn’t get the chance? Let me hear it in the comments section.