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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Top “We Barely Knew Ye” UK Players

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Over the course of the last 20 years, Kentucky has seen some of the greatest collection of talent to ever roll through Kentucky, with guys like Tayshaun Prince and Chuck Hayes serving 4 years in Lexington.  But, on the other end of the spectrum are those guys who only saw 1 year (or less) of action, but for whatever reason, will always stay in the mind of Cats fans.  Whether it be for their off the court antics or their on the court results, some guys just immediately made an impact.  Below are my list of the 7 guys who I just can’t get out of my head despite their short stay at UK:

2009-10: Darnell Dodson
Career: 35 games, 5.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 36.5% FG, 34.7% 3FG
-Dodson came in as the sharp shooting junior college transfer that would be the Cats main 3-point threat.  And while showing flashes of that ability, including starting at points in the season, he showed a greater ability in his lack of “discipline” in the classroom and socially.

2008-09: Kevin Galloway
Career: 30 games, 1.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 44.9% FG
-Galloway came to Kentucky from a junior college in Idaho, and was a fan favorite for Kentucky fans in his 1 season.  But it wasn’t for his strong play but rather his potential to oust Michael Porter from the point guard spot.  But as we did see in his short stints on the court, Galloway was an awkward point guard with a lack of scoring ability.  And John Calipari pushed him out the door 5 minutes after taking the job.  

2007-08: Alex Legion
Career: 6 games, 6.7 ppg, 41.7% FG, 33.3% 3FG
-Legion came in highly touted as a basketball player to most UK fans.  Unfortunately, he came in more highly touted by his mother, who used her “spiritual gifts” to exit her son from campus not long after he arrived.  While Legion did show high potential in his 6 games, I think most involved were not too disappointed to see him go. 

2005-06: Rekalin Sims
Career: 29 games, 4.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 44.6% FG
-For the exhibition season and first 3 games of the season, it looked as if the transfer might be the best player on the team.  As it turned out, Sims was the biggest potential criminal on the team.  After scoring 22 against Iowa in the 3rd game of the year, Sims never scored more than 11 the rest of that season, and generally found himself on Tubby’s bench.  After the year, he left for Fresno, attacked a guy with a machete or something, and now it probably dealing crack to Charlie Sheen somewhere.     

2000-01: Jason Parker
Career: 34 games, 8.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 55.2% FG
-Parker had one of the better freshman years in the Tubby Smith era, and looked to be the future of the program in the post.  He then blew out his ACL and never played again in Lexington.  He transferred to South Carolina and last I checked, is still playing in Europe.

1992-93: Todd Svoboda
Career: 13 games, 1.9 ppg, 1.3 rpg
-Svoboda was lucky enough to hit a shot that people will always remember, or he may have been forgotten like the Adam Chiles of the world.  But, Svoboda’s 3-pointer to clinch a UK berth in the Final 4 still sits in fans memories, and for this, he is a guy that very few can forget.

1990-91: Jody Thompson
Career: 5 games, 0.8 ppg, 0.4 rpg
-He was the mustache before Gimel Martinez, and resided from Feds Creek, Kentucky.  Thompson lasted only 5 games at Kentucky before heading the Pikeville, but in his 5 games, he saw action against Indiana, North Carolina, Kansas, and Notre Dame.  Not a bad experience for him.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

87 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Top “We Barely Knew Ye” UK Players



  1. scott rigots european recruit
    10:03 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    jody thompson is actually the only uk player in history whos first career pts. was a four pt. play….if memory serves me correct….



  2. NeverGone
    10:04 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Daniels?



  3. tdogg4033011
    10:08 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Enes Kanter??? lol



  4. forgot me
    10:10 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    rashad carruth????



  5. Sir Charles
    10:11 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    This post is tuuurrrrrrible.



  6. Al's IndiCats
    10:11 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    tdogg, Enes could be the only favorite player on the roster never to see a game! FREE ENES!!!!!!!!



  7. Rashad Curruth
    10:12 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Can’t believe I was left off.



  8. ashleyjudd'scrotch
    10:14 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Minutae is the nector of eunuchs



  9. GROUPON
    10:17 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    How about a Top “Players that drew the most fan heat” list.

    potential #1 – Saul Smith
    potential #2 – Michael Porter



  10. _Blackhawk_
    10:20 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    #4 everyone is trying to forget Carruth…..but he would be on my list with these guys. What about Todd Tackett? No not the one in the Twitter war with Goodman a few months back.



  11. Bobby Perry
    10:21 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    #9 – Even better Top 10 “Players that never deserved to put a UK jersey on”

    no potential #1 its for sure #1 – Bobby Perry



  12. univky
    10:21 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Svoboda with a 3 pointer to clinch a Final Four berth???? Hopefully that was tongue and cheek…he hit a 3 at the end of a blowout win in the NCAA.



  13. Corey Sears
    10:22 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Why am I left off?



  14. _Blackhawk_
    10:24 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Don’t forget big Todd May who played only a handful of games before leaving to go to Wake…..Another Pike County boy like Jody….Feds Creek and Virgie representing!



  15. Syrin
    10:24 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    You really need a photo caption option. Who in the hell is that in the picture?



  16. _Blackhawk_
    10:25 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    #11 Sheray Thomas disagrees whole heartly with you



  17. Todd Svoboda for President
    10:26 am January 5, 2011 Permalink


  18. awesometron
    10:26 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    do do do do do do, do do, do do do, do do do do do dooooo, TTTOOOOOODDDDDDDDD SSSSSSVVVVVVOOOOODDDDDDDAAAAAAAAAAAA

    i love that song…



  19. Bobby Perry
    10:29 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    16 well i was going to have him at #2 for sure, but booby perry is a lockdown for #1, i figured i would let everyone else post some more names i didnt want to do the whole list



  20. _Blackhawk_
    10:29 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    #19 Because you didn’t play and were too busy becoming a father Shawn…duh



  21. univky
    10:31 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Svoboda’s 3 was in Charlotte at the 1993 Regional….I was there….BTI=FAIL..



  22. BULL BUTTER
    10:33 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    #22 – All players mentioned above could have excelled at Loserville. Just sayin…



  23. Todd May
    10:34 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Don’t forget about me. I was Jody Thompson with more game,…could’ve been a star with Kenny Walker,…but got homesick.



  24. Bryan the Intern
    10:35 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    21) Yes, and it was in the Elite 8 and was the final basket in a game that sent UK to the Final Four. So, while I may have exaggerated using the word “clinch”, it technically is right. And you clearly did not read it clearly. #WildcatDoucheLodge



  25. Harley Wells
    10:35 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Wow



  26. _Blackhawk_
    10:36 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    #21 it’s a joke….Todd’s 3 was at the buzzer in the 93 Regional Final where we blew out FSU…..that you were at so surely you remember that.



  27. Myron Anthony
    10:38 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    what about me?



  28. _Blackhawk_
    10:39 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    #23….I didn’t forget you nor playing against you back in the day overseas…..ok so it was the YMCA League in Pikeville.



  29. bolognaweiner
    10:41 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Guys we are forgetting about Todd May, who was also from Pikeville, Ky. He also went back to Pikeville College and averaged over 40 points a game his last year at PC.



  30. Joe
    10:42 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    A few more from the keeper file:

    Nate Knight– don’t forget that legend of Tubby Ball.
    Carlos Toomer
    Skip McGaw- honorable mention for being on Pitino’s first team
    Todd Bearup
    Oliver Simmons- special mention for his career 100% three point shooting percentage
    Adam Chiles
    Adam “Pseudo Offer” Williams

    Just think, these guys could barnstorm and people would pay to NOT watch them play.



  31. Nate Knight
    10:42 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    what about me?



  32. NeverGone
    10:42 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    No Daniels = Fail



  33. Jason Lathrem
    10:44 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    me?



  34. eff_the_ncaa
    10:45 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Need to start another list of “Was here kinda players.” Like Shawn Kemp could have been a stud if not for the five finger discount and pawn. Chris Mills would have been awesome to have to who ended up at Arizona.



  35. I-64 Deer Report
    10:46 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Chris Gettelfinger thinks all you young pups are weak.



  36. redneck teabagger
    10:47 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    @#18…HAHAHA I’m glad someboday remembered that! My uncle wrote and sang that song, even got his 15 mins of fame on CBS/WYMT.



  37. DuckFriedBillyClyde
    10:47 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Further trivia about Todd Svoboda. The night he hit that shot, Abe and the Vigodas were playing a set at the old Jefferson Davis Inn. That night, they did a cover of “My Sherona,” but substituted “Todd Svoboda.” Punk as F and an instant classic.



  38. 3 fan
    10:49 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Guenter Behnke
    Shawn Kemp
    Chris Jones
    Jason Lathrem (has a NC ring)



  39. Marvin Stone
    10:51 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    What about me? I was supposed to be the Michael Jordan from Alabama. I flopped at UK and then flew the coop to play for Ricky P and the Dirty Birds! How many UK games did I play in?



  40. Marleyuk11
    10:51 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Happy to see Jody Thompson on here as a fellow Feds Creek alum!



  41. BigBlueFan31
    10:51 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Is that Chris Harrison in the photo?



  42. Al's IndiCats
    10:53 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    My #1 to be on the “never should’ve been” on campus team is Saul Smith. He had as much game as a pork chop at a Vegetarian Convention.



  43. Roach K
    10:54 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    I really think Galloway could have fit in with Cal’s system, but I guess with Wall and Bledsoe both coming in, he had no chance of playing the point any longer. He lacked on-court discipline, but his talent is NBA-level.



  44. coach RICK P.
    10:55 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    DUKE RULES



  45. UKman
    10:57 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    I think its pretty funny BTI always has to comment on his own post just to defend himself.



  46. ksmith
    10:59 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    This post was useless and terrible as usual. Love the site though. Go Big Blue. Oh yeah Free Enes!!!



  47. All UL recruits take note
    11:01 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    On his radio show last night, Ricky P. admitted that he simply does not develop point guards who come in with a lot of potential.



  48. T.J.
    11:03 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Bernard Cote.



  49. Gramps
    11:07 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    45and 46) And yet you continue to read and comment. You give him what he wants.

    I never understood this. So many people act like they hate BTI so bad and they think all his posts suck, yet they spend their time still reading and commenting on them every other day. It’s amazing to me people still eat up what they hate. What’s really funny is it’s the same 4 or 5 people everyday. So while it looks like there are a bunch of negative comments, it is in fact just 4 or 5 losers.

    Honestly, I think many of you are jealous that BTI gets to do something cool like write on this site and people sorta know him. While they don’t give 2 craps about “ksmith”.

    Viva BTI!!



  50. Joe
    11:09 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    39. Stone played two years and a little more at UK, which is why he’s not mentioned. He played in 75 games in his Kentucky career.



  51. Brian
    11:13 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Good recap… I saw that Thompson guy the other day in a classic game against IU shown on the big ten network. I was wondering who the f*ck that was. That country stash was embarassing. We need to ban mustaches on our teams.



  52. univky
    11:20 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    BTI….then put “clinch” in quotation marks…..see not that hard

    #26….at the Wake game as well on Thursday night, along with about 10,000 other UK fans who were at both games.



  53. ky1der
    11:21 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Antoine Barber



  54. The Fake Gimel Martinez
    11:25 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Jody Thompson was the mustache WITH Gimel, not the first: http://www.bigbluehistory.net/bb/statistics/stat1990-91.html



  55. Dusty Mills
    11:26 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    What are you guys laughing about?



  56. KING_REX
    11:37 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Michael Bradley



  57. Cats Cats Cats1
    11:39 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    how about jared carter?? PATHETIC



  58. Buddy
    11:40 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Mark Halsell – UK’s all time leader in 3pt %



  59. indiana uk fan
    11:48 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    todd tackett



  60. coach K
    11:50 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    I SUCK. DUKE SUCKS. GO CAYS!



  61. UKman
    11:51 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    49) i guess we aren’t allowed to post our thoughts unless they are positive. sorry to have bothered you i wasn’t aware of the rules. you need to get laid or something.



  62. Paducah fan
    11:56 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    I have an autographed Svoboda poster so he’ll never be forgotten.



  63. Jared Brickit
    11:56 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    How about Sharrey Thomas. He wouldn’t even shoot on senior day, and made Booby Perry look like an All American.
    Or Brandon Stockton…who Tubby was talking about when he said, “It’s pretty bad when he can’t even bring the ball past mid court.



  64. Papa Smurf
    12:05 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Michael Bradley
    Adam Chiles
    Bernard Cote “The Canadian Sensation”



  65. Ummm
    12:07 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Matt Pilgram???? He was a beast



  66. tuggerman
    12:10 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    wasnt Todd Svaboda around 4 years?? Hardly fits the barely knew ya post. He was a mechanical engineering major if I recall. Played pick up Elizabeth Park, half court, Todd had a cast on his forearm and still kicked my butt one handed!



  67. TravisFordTruck
    12:11 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    1. Bobby Perry
    2. Dwight Perry (Bobby Perry’s cousin)
    3. Sheray Thomas
    4. Jared Carter

  68. 66) Svboda was a transfer, from Northern Kentucky U I think.



  69. BigBlueFan31
    12:19 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Josh Carrier…should have been listed as a practice player. All we ever heard was how he could “light it up” in practice. Hood is starting to get the same rap.



  70. ACKWELL FOLEY
    12:22 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    what about us?
    1. rashaad carruth
    2. michael bradley
    3. corey sears
    4. todd tackett
    5. oliver simmons
    6. jason lathrem
    7. mike williams
    8. a.j. stewart
    9. mike pilgrim
    10. shawn kemp



  71. upinya25
    12:26 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    What about Michael Bradley…transferred to Villanova became an all american…#34..that would be a cool list to, there was also Tracy Mcgrady committed then bounced



  72. RodneyHarden
    12:28 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Todd Bearup rules!



  73. RodneyHarden
    12:30 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Rodney Harden should have been on this list.I should have been allowed to ride my brothers coattails like Todd Bearup.



  74. ACKWELL FOLEY
    12:32 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Svboda came from Alaska didn’t he. I think Alaska-Anchorage. He was a senior transfer. Remember the students would chant…. Todd Svboda put him coach! Todd Svboda let him shoot the three. A game that sticks out in my head is when the sec tournament was held in rupp arena in ’93. The cats killed tennessee 101-40 and Mr.Svoba out scored sec player of the year Allan Houston 4pts to 3. Todd Svoba #50



  75. JackB
    12:43 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    #49 – isn’t that what Tipton’s defenders always say?



  76. Ryan Hogan
    12:45 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    What about me?



  77. BigBlueFan31
    12:57 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Arkansas just dropped another TD pass against Ohio State.



  78. Dan Hall
    2:15 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    What about me?



  79. Sean Sutton
    2:16 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    #9 – What about me?



  80. Leron Ellis
    2:18 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Oh wait I was there 2 years…



  81. Bluejuice
    2:49 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    I’m giving my age away but there was a white guy many years ago under Joe B who could really get up. He was from Iowa and they said he could jump high enough to leave a quarter on the top of the backboard. I remember watching him play in Cheatem’ Hall….high expectations but under performed. Stayed one year and transfered to some place back in Iowa. Any old-timers remember him?



  82. FootballFan
    3:14 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Ryan Hogan was pretty legit at Iowa.



  83. STEVE!
    3:58 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    82 – Bob Fowler? He played in some of our pickup games in Seaton Center. What a tool!



  84. I-64 Deer Report
    4:02 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    #82 Think you are talking about the late Bob Fowler. http://bigbluehistory.net/bb/statistics/Players/Fowler_Bob.html



  85. Darrell Finch
    4:12 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    #34 – Chris Mills played at UK and THEN transferred. He didn’t begin college at Arizona. Only player in UK history with a triple double.



  86. douggercats
    4:53 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Todd Svoboda – 2 year transfer from Northern Kentucky. Chemical Engineering major. Somebody get like Bled Bled and get s#it right.