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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Most Impactful Player to Transfer FROM UK?

One of the things that Kentucky has not seen much of since probation is transfers.  Yes, some guys who never played or walked-on might have transferred to small colleges like Centre or Trannsy, but UK hasn’t seen many guys choose to leave Lexington and remain in a D-1 program.  We recently experienced Kyle Wiltjer’s departure to Gonzaga, which was the 2nd transfer in the John Calipari era.  Below, I listed some guys below who left Kentucky for other D-1 programs and made some kind of impact.  My question is: which of these guys did you regret losing most?  All players are post-probation players and their stats listed are for their final school:

Stacey Poole Jr. (Georgia Tech)
11-12: 1.5 ppg, 1.6 rpg

Kevin Galloway (Texas Southern)
10-11: 10.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 6.3 apg

Derrick Jasper (UNLV)
09-10: 6.7 ppg, 2.7 apg
10-11: 5.1 ppg, 1.8 apg

Alex Legion (Illinois/Florida International)
08-09: 3.5 ppg, 28.9 FG%
09-10: 2.7 ppg, 29.7 FG%
10-11: 13.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg

Rashaad Carruth (Southern Miss/Oklahoma)
04-05: 13.4 ppg, 36.0% 3P

Marvin Stone (Louisville)
02-03: 10.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg

Ryan Hogan (Iowa)
01-02: 5.3 ppg, 1.0 apg

Michael Bradley (Villanova)
00-01: 20.8 ppg, 9.8 rpg

Myron Anthony (TCU)
99-00: 10.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg
00-01: 14.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg

Rod Rhodes (USC)
95-96: 14.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg

For my money, the best player of this bunch was Rod Rhodes.  Despite not playing his final season, Rhodes is still 41st in school history in scoring.  Rhodes would have flirted with the Top 10 in that category if he had stayed his last season.  But, that last year would have been the 1996 season, meaning UK really didn’t NEED Rhodes.

So my pick for the most impactful transfer to the UK team was Derrick Jasper.  Who knows how good Jasper would have been at Kentucky if Billy Gillispie had another year to abuse him, but I tend to think Jasper on that 2008-09 team would have at least gotten that team into the NCAA Tournament.  He would have started over Michael Porter, relieving some of the pressure off him.  I am also assuming Jasper’s knee would have held up.  But he showed at UNLV to still be a serviceable player, and think he could have become a key player on Gillispie’s last team or Calipari’s first.

What is your pick from the list above?

Article written by Bryan the Intern

56 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Most Impactful Player to Transfer FROM UK?



  1. Whatif Monster
    9:05 am August 12, 2013 Permalink

    If Jasper stays and Gillispie’s team makes the tournament, is he still fired? With (top-20) Daniel Orton and a (top-40) Jon Hood coming in? Remember where we were, not where we are…

    My vote is for Myron Anthony.



  2. James
    9:09 am August 12, 2013 Permalink

    I really liked Kevin Galloway’s game. There were times when he looked like he belonged at Kentucky. Very athletic and a decent shooter.

    Marvin Stone was supposed to be the next Michael Jordan. The guy had one good game in his career… And that was against UK while he was at Louisville.

    But still, RIP big guy. A very sudden and sad death.



  3. KBF
    9:14 am August 12, 2013 Permalink

    Definitely Jasper. He was solid. Although Stone transferring to Lousy and then beating is was pretty bad so I’d like to Hot Tub Time Machine back send prevent that from happening.



  4. Rei
    9:17 am August 12, 2013 Permalink

    I guess we’ve already forgotten about Harrow, since you only counted Wiltjer and Poole.



  5. Will
    9:20 am August 12, 2013 Permalink

    HESHIMU EVANS!!! He was a JUCO guy but a huge contributor.



  6. CATandMONKEY
    9:20 am August 12, 2013 Permalink

    I agree with the Rhodes conclusion. Originally had high hopes for Marvin until he earned the moniker “…hands of Stone.”
    Unfortunate that Jasper couldn’t have avoided BCG completely and quite likely, would have actually flourished under Cal.



  7. snoopcat1
    9:21 am August 12, 2013 Permalink

    Bradley – eventually 1st round draft pick



  8. CatFanFromKy
    9:21 am August 12, 2013 Permalink

    20.8 ppg and 9.8 rpg — Michael Bradley



  9. Whorrow?
    9:22 am August 12, 2013 Permalink

    #4 I may be wrong about where Harrow went but I think BTI was only including guys that transferred to D-1 schools. I thought Harrow went to Georgia Southern or something like that.



  10. Will
    9:24 am August 12, 2013 Permalink

    #5 That’s me….oops. I guess I should actually read the article first. Blast away.



  11. CATandMONKEY
    9:25 am August 12, 2013 Permalink

    Now I have to throw my hat in with Bradley….but he loses a few points for his Dad.



  12. Azubuike's Bicep
    9:26 am August 12, 2013 Permalink

    5- He’s talking about players that transferred away from Kentucky. Not to.



  13. Steely Dan
    9:26 am August 12, 2013 Permalink

    2) Marvin Stone was never…ever heralded as the next Michael Jordan



  14. woody's barber
    9:35 am August 12, 2013 Permalink

    Carruth. Remember what he did to jay williams and duke. Coulda been a very good scorer for tubby.



  15. bung
    9:36 am August 12, 2013 Permalink

    Bob Tallent…28.9 ppg at GW



  16. jmh1304
    9:36 am August 12, 2013 Permalink

    Michael Bradley



  17. ukjonny9
    9:37 am August 12, 2013 Permalink

    5-the article was transferred away and Evans was a D1 transfer. But besides that you nailed it.



  18. Chea
    9:39 am August 12, 2013 Permalink

    Darnell Dodson transferred to D-1 but did not get the chance to play. And isn’t Georgia southern d-1 in bball? If so that’s 4 cal transfers



  19. Shooter
    9:42 am August 12, 2013 Permalink

    Rashaad Carruth…Yea I know he was a problem child, but he was also very highly rated coming out of high school, could fill it up from outside and I’ll never forget the Duke game when he showed a glimpse of what he could do offensively. Its too bad he never could get his head on his shoulders because he was blessed with talent.



  20. unreconstructed
    9:45 am August 12, 2013 Permalink

    Bradley! He got away from “The Tub” and became a 1st round draft pick. Had he stayed here, he might not be starting by his senior season. The Tubster’s “quality coaching” was/is extremely debateable!! (remember Rondo’s benching for Stockton) Nuff sed…



  21. Stoops Poops
    9:48 am August 12, 2013 Permalink

    I saw where Matt Jones made up a story about Kevin Ware transferring but nothing from him about Drew Barker and his teammates tweeting about driving Stoops’ car. Wonder why?



  22. BOSOX
    9:50 am August 12, 2013 Permalink

    Jason Parker!!!!!



  23. Ryan Harrow
    9:51 am August 12, 2013 Permalink

    (light squeaky voive) Guys, I transferred to Georgia State. And yes, it’s Division One.



  24. jlkirk
    9:52 am August 12, 2013 Permalink

    What about Curry?



  25. tom
    9:53 am August 12, 2013 Permalink

    I missed NONE of them, although I was really pulling for Galloway to succeed here. Don’t really know why but I liked him.



  26. Kev
    9:53 am August 12, 2013 Permalink

    Adam Chiles
    Jason Parker
    Bernard Cote



  27. Steve C.
    9:54 am August 12, 2013 Permalink

    Ryan Hogan



  28. Staff
    9:56 am August 12, 2013 Permalink

    I go w/Matt Pilgrim. Heard he’s a BEAST!!



  29. Good research
    9:56 am August 12, 2013 Permalink

    You missed Matt Pigrim as well. And he would be my pick, along with Galloway.



  30. Mugshot
    9:59 am August 12, 2013 Permalink

    Rekalin



  31. MBP
    9:59 am August 12, 2013 Permalink

    Jason Parker should’ve been on here. 02 would’ve been deeper in the frontcourt Parker-Estil-Daniels-Hayes



  32. Oliver Simmons
    10:00 am August 12, 2013 Permalink

    That’s the last time I come back to Rupp. What am I? Chopped liver?



  33. realest
    10:22 am August 12, 2013 Permalink

    Kyle in two years



  34. Dan Hall
    10:25 am August 12, 2013 Permalink

    Who, huh??? don’t remember



  35. Kevin C.
    10:51 am August 12, 2013 Permalink

    LOL @ the guys picking Matt Pilgrim. If Cal honored his scholly, we likely don’t get Cousins. Where is Pilgrim NOW? Check out his pathetic Euro-ball stats: http://basketball.eurobasket.com/player/Matthew_Pilgrim/Salon_Vilpas_Vikings/115911?AmNotSure=1



  36. JackB
    11:21 am August 12, 2013 Permalink

    I was always under the impression Rick pushed Rhodes out – not that he “left” us. I think he was locker room poison – or at least Rick thought he was. I was at UK in grad school at the time — are my long ago impressions wrong?

    Bradley was the best contributor to leave. He was really good before leaving, had a great year if ‘Nova, and was 1st round pick. We could have used him that last year.

    Parker was very good also – again believe he was kind of pushed. I have an understanding of why but won’t say it here b/c I don’t know. Loved his game though.



  37. c1doc
    11:26 am August 12, 2013 Permalink

    Chris Mills



  38. bluristhurr
    11:31 am August 12, 2013 Permalink

    Michael Bradley, but where is Jason Parker? Bradley was also drafted 17th after his one season at Villanova. He and Parker was the only transfers that upset me and I could say Jasper too.



  39. gossie21
    11:45 am August 12, 2013 Permalink

    No Mark Coury stats? Once he transferred we went from an NCAA team to the NIT….. also BCG might have had something to do with that.



  40. KevinM
    11:45 am August 12, 2013 Permalink

    36, Rhodes was a good player, and Pitino and his antics pushed him out. He is by far the best xfer, ahead of Bradley, and no way were we going to get Mercer if Rhodes was around. Knowing what you know now about Pitino, this shouldn’t be a question of how it happened.



  41. poe
    12:03 pm August 12, 2013 Permalink

    michael bradley



  42. Dont Forget
    12:13 pm August 12, 2013 Permalink

    Morkinyo Williams transferred to Duquesne University which is D-1 obviously.



  43. Chicago Chris
    12:17 pm August 12, 2013 Permalink

    Always felt Rhodes got a raw deal. Should have ended his career where he started… Mash was the king, Rhodes was dubbed the prince.



  44. HackRichards
    12:41 pm August 12, 2013 Permalink

    BTI asked the wrong question. It should have been , “Which one of these Jokers were you most glad to see leave? And yes bradley is a joker because he wanted to leave in the first place. Where is LeRon Ellis as well? RIP



  45. Hot rod
    12:48 pm August 12, 2013 Permalink

    Rhodes was a very good player who just couldn’t live up the lofty expectations! Many thought he was going to be Mash 2.0 and he just wasn’t. He did average around a double double and could play. Even though a great first game and unattainable hype made many consider him a flop!



  46. Duke sucks
    12:50 pm August 12, 2013 Permalink

    Rhodes was a very good player who just couldn’t live up the lofty expectations! Many thought he was going to be Mash 2.0 and he just wasn’t. He did average around a double double and could play. Even though a great first game and unattainable hype made many consider him a flop!
    Bradley has to be the best transfer. Led the NCAA in FG% at nova and was one of the top centers that year!



  47. ransmith
    12:59 pm August 12, 2013 Permalink

    Easily Michael Bradley! Possibly the best player of the bunch, certainly was a good fit for Tubby and badly needed at the time.



  48. lol
    1:13 pm August 12, 2013 Permalink

    ryan harrow



  49. UKUKUK1865
    1:17 pm August 12, 2013 Permalink

    With out a doubt, Michael Bradley.



  50. CatsFanFrankfort
    1:25 pm August 12, 2013 Permalink

    Well 50% isn’t too bad, BTI.

    There have actually been 4 D-I transfers in the Calipari era:

    Kyle Wiltjer – Gonzaga
    Ryan Harrow – Georgia Southern
    Stacey Poole – Georgia Tech
    Darnell Dodson – Southern Mississippi



  51. Matt's Friend
    1:52 pm August 12, 2013 Permalink

    Michael Bradley’s junk.



  52. OLDTIMER
    2:06 pm August 12, 2013 Permalink

    Dwight “The Blurr” Anderson



  53. Dr. Tom
    2:10 pm August 12, 2013 Permalink

    Would loved to have seen Jasper play under Coach Cal at UK!!!!! Barring injury, he could have become one of the most beloved players to ever play for the CATS.



  54. 80sGuy
    3:55 pm August 12, 2013 Permalink

    If you go pre-probation, Chris Mills and Dwight Anderson probably top this list.



  55. OBUMMER
    4:43 pm August 12, 2013 Permalink

    I still am shocked that Kevin Galloway wasnt kept in Cal’s system……….. i thought his size and athletic ability would have been perfect for the dribble driveway



  56. OBUMMER
    4:45 pm August 12, 2013 Permalink

    And i got a bad bad feeling Kyle is going to burn our butts somewhere down the line…….