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.