THE 150-WIN CLUB
I actually met Jeff Sheppard a couple years back, and he came off as a very intelligent guy. Maybe nowhere was he smarter than when he made the wise decision to hurt his knee and redshirt for the 1996-97 season. Why you might ask was it smart to hurt himself? Because Sheppard technically owns the UK record for career wins, because he gets credit, or at least I am giving him credit, for 159 wins in his UK career. He played in the heart of a stretch of UK seasons that may not be matched. UK won 2 national titles, made 3 Final Fours, and recorded at least 27 wins in each of Sheppard’s 5 years in Lexington.
Now, the UK record books may or may not give Sheppard credit for the 35 wins in 1997, or the 26 wins Jared Prickett received in 1996. And if that was the case, then the classes of 1998 and 1999 consisting of Scott Padgett, Wayne Turner, Alan Edwards, and Cameron Mills would hold the record, with 132 wins. Below are all the players who have won 110 games or more in their UK careers. In parentheses are the number of games that player was given credit for during a redshirt year.
159 wins: Jeff Sheppard (35*)
150 wins: Jared Prickett (26*) (Prickett redshirted after 5 games in 1995-96)
132 wins: Scott Padgett, Wayne Turner, Alan Edwards, Cameron Mills
124 wins: Anthony Epps
122 wins: Jeff Brassow (28*)
121 wins: Jamaal Magloire, Steve Masiello
119 wins: Tony Delk, Walter McCarty
114 wins: Andre Riddick, Chris Harrison
110 wins: Saul Smith
Oh, and by the way, Darius Miller needs 24 wins this season to join the list, and with 34 wins could join an even more exclusive 120-win club. With the 24 wins, Miller will be the first player to join this group since 2000.
Darius Miller: 86 wins
(Quick Note: These stats are for the MODERN era, which I consider when African-Americans began playing in the SEC, or the 1960’s.)