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Building the UK Legends Roster

If you’re like me, every minute of the past two days has been spent putting an imaginary roster together for the exhibition game against the Dominican Republic. I have come up with so many different combinations for Joe B. Hall to coach, and each one is equally awesome. But regardless of who shows up to play the D.R., it’s going to be a very entertaining game and one of the cooler things UK fans have seen in a long, long time.

To have some fun and generate excitement, let’s take a look at some of the possibilities for the roster.

And, before you ask, tickets are not on sale yet and we’ll let you know as soon as we know.



John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Bledsoe, and Jodie Meeks have all been confirmed for the UK Legends roster. We’ll finally get to see “what could’ve been” in the 2009-2010 season.

Very Likely:

Patrick Patterson has to play, right? I’m going to pencil him in without confirmaton.

Tayshaun Prince and Nazr Mohammed are two names being tossed around as potential roster additions. Neither have committed to play (as far as we know) but chances are very high we’ll see at least one of these guys, especially Nazr. Nazr lives in Louisville so he’s just a short car ride away. We’ll even pick him up.

Last Year’s Players:

The only player from last year’s squad that I’d really like to see in this game is Enes Kanter, for obvious reasons. Unfortunately, he’ll be in Turkey getting ready for EuroBasket 2011. As much as I love Brandon Knight, Josh Harrellson, and DeAndre Liggins, it has only been a handful of months since we’ve seen these guys play. Not that I wouldn’t mind watching them team up with other Cats, I’d just rather see some guys we haven’t seen in a while. Let’s try to fill the roster with some other names first, and then fill in with these guys if needed.

The Other NBA Guys:

There are enough current NBA players to stack Joe B. Hall’s roster from top to bottom and even start a J.V. Legends team. It’d be nice to see all of them return to Lexington for the game but let’s not count on that.

Two guys I’d really like to see return – and I think they will – are Chuck Hayes and Keith Bogans. Chuck is a must-have for a UK reunion game and Bogans is a guy everyone would love to see back in Rupp Arena to put on the show we missed in the 2003 Elite 8. Seeing him one more time in Rupp will help erase the memory of watching him limp of the Metrodome floor.

We haven’t seen much of Kelenna Azubuike in Lexington since he left us early for the NBA, so it’d be great to see him return home to dunk on Charlie Villanueva. But, Kelenna is a big name in NBA free agency this season after only playing in nine games in the past two years, so he’d be better off staying home and playing it safe. No hard feelings, Kelenna.

With Wall and Bledsoe already on the roster, I doubt we see Rajon Rondo. The NBA guys have egos and the last thing they want to do in their offseason is compete with other NBA players for minutes in an exhibition game.

It would be in Daniel Orton‘s best interest to stay home, if he has been even invited at all. I don’t know what kind of reception he’d get from the crowd, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he was booed after the way he left UK.

Jamaal Magloire. Please????

Wishful Thinking:

Wouldn’t it be great to see some of Coach Cal’s NBA buddies team up with former Kentucky players? Imagine seeing the two stars from the NBA Finals, LeBron James and Dirk Nowitzki, uniting with your favorite Wildcats in Rupp Arena. Or some of Calipari’s old Memphis guys like Derrick Rose or Tyreke Evans. Two of Tyreke’s Sacramento teammates (Cousins and Francisco Garcia) will be playing in the game. Don’t forget about Tracy McGrady, either.

Fan Favorites:

I think Ramel Bradley and Joe Crawford are two guys who have to be invited to play in this game. Not only would they be a hit with the fans, both guys are still making their way up the pro ranks and a game like this would give them the opportunity to play against/with top competition and maybe even gain some exposure. Plus, they both deserve another moment in Rupp Arena in front of Big Blue Nation.

Throw Woo and Mark Krebs on the bench somewhere. We, the fans, demand it.

Guys Who Might Still Be In Shape:

As much as we’d love to see Richie Farmer and Jack Givens running the floor, it’s going to be hard to find some of the older guys that are still in game shape. Remember, this isn’t the Barnstorming Tour, it is going to be a very competitive game. Only former players who are just a few years removed will be options. A couple names that come to mind are Perry Stevenson, Ravi Moss, Shagari Allenye, and Bobby Perry. Perry is a possibility, the other three would be seat-fillers.

Ramon Harris is a guy whose career could benefit from the game like Ramel and Joe. He’s tearing it up over in China right now and his regular season schedule ends August 6. I won’t pretend to know what happens after that in the China-NBL.

Darnell Dodson is still in good shape. Joking.

Former UK Greats

The dream team would be the young NBA stars plus former UK legends from the ’96-’98 run. I know Tony Delk and Wayne Turner can still run the floor, but Wayne is on UK’s staff so he’s out. I don’t know what the rules are for Tony since he’s an assistant at New Mexico State. Walter McCarty was recently let go from the Pacers coaching staff so his focus right now is on finding a job. What about Antoine Walker???? Is Ron Mercer still alive?


You’ve read mine – now what do you think? Who would you like to see come back home to scrimmage the Dominican Republican?

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

77 Comments for Building the UK Legends Roster

  1. mocha
    12:03 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    rex, cameron, mashburn

  2. ATT Troy
    12:07 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    Do we have a date and time for the game?

  3. Legggoooo
    12:10 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    Game is August 15th at Rupp at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. Ticket prices range (for now) $15.00 – $1200.00.

  4. C'mon maaannn
    12:10 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    Jules Camara??

  5. DoubleZeroMostel
    12:12 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    The sad fact is that not too many players from the Tubby era would be competitive enough to play in this game. But I’ll throw out Gerald Fitch.

  6. Rockfield, KY
    12:13 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    Perry Stevenson deserves to get a shot at this game as much as anyone. I hope to see him there. Ramon Harris too.

  7. Guinness Cartoon
    12:17 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    Can we get Rashaad ‘the Truth’ Carruth on a work release program?

  8. Jason
    12:20 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    Shawn Kemp

  9. FU of L
    12:23 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    Jai Lucas.

  10. BCann
    12:24 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    Two words: Jared. Carter.

  11. Biglaw Dawgin'
    12:25 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    Speaking of LeBron, what’s up with all of the LeBron hate on this site (see current poll to the right)? I know he’s nationally despised, but he’s an admitted UK fan and has been the celebrity “Y” at UK games. I think that garners our respect. Just one man’s opinion, I suppose.

  12. ReasonableUKFAN
    12:26 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    Brandon Stockton baby come on 🙂

  13. Upper Section Student
    12:27 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    Saul Smith was a general on the floor. Get him out there to run the point!!!

  14. Tobias Funke
    12:27 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink


  15. Tobias Funke
    12:27 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink



  16. Buckets
    12:29 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    Man, I’d really love to see Chuck Hayes and Keith Bogans back. I think Bogans needs a banner raised. He is the fourth all-time leading scorer in UK history. I’d love to see Tayshaun and Keith be immortalized in the rafters on the same night. Tubby, too.

    Wishful thinking: Monster Mash greases up the old knee for one more go-round in Rupp.

  17. pizzinmneoff
    12:30 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    pat Riley, to coach them

  18. JDubbs1983
    12:31 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    I know it won’t happen but I would love to see the following….(Rondo has more of an “ego” than the others so getting him to move to the 2 would be difficult but not impossible)
    Wall – Point Guard
    Rondo – Shooting Guard
    Meeks – Small Forward
    Enes Kaner – Power Forward
    Cousins – Center

  19. iWantToGrowUpToBeTheDrewFranklin
    12:33 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    LEBRON!!! Does anyone know where we will be buying these tickets from??

    What about Estill? Or Erik Daniels or Hawkins

  20. yeahright
    12:33 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    I thought I read that Ramon had an injury recently. If that’s accurate, not to mention the travel, I doubt we’ll have the good fortune of seeing the Razor, as much I would selfishly enjoy seeing him play again.

  21. Blueblood 92
    12:35 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    Rex “Twittermeister” Chapman and Kenny “Sky”Walker!

  22. Kyle
    12:35 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    You left out Derek MF’N Anderson on the last part of the list.

    12:36 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    Matt Heissenbutle and Cory Sears

  24. The Outlaw Josey Wales
    12:37 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    This post deserves the grade of distinguished!

  25. Kyle
    12:38 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    Patrick Sparks, Erik Daniels, Gerald Fitch and Cliff Hawkins. Estill is more than likely out of shape

  26. PittDaddy
    12:40 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    This comes from the ticketmaster website.

  27. The hut
    12:41 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    Todd svboda???? I know it’s spelled wrong

  28. Carl
    12:42 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    Floury, anyone?

  29. The Outlaw Josey Wales
    12:44 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    DEREK ANDERSON!!! Is a must if he is still in playing shape

  30. stevem
    12:48 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    Pat Riley and Louise Dampier to coach; Cotton Nash to officiate and Dan Issel to commentate.

  31. C'mon maaannn
    12:48 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    Sparks would be interesting. And I think Sheray Thomas deserves a shot to prove he can stay out of the lane in crucial free throw situations. Please bring back CHUCK!

  32. K
    12:52 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    ……………………………………. When will TICKETS become available?

  33. Fransico Garica
    12:52 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink


  34. Casey
    1:02 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    Tim Couch

  35. nybrasky
    1:03 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    Ryan Hogan, Todd Tackett, Nate Knight & Cory Sears!!

  36. boyd crowder's bible
    1:04 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    1- wall, bledose
    2-meeks, buike, ramel
    3-prince, crawford
    4-patterson, hayes
    5-cousins, daniels, magloire

  37. jaygee85
    1:05 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    i’d like to see what jeff sheppard and derek anderson could do now a days, but i’d like to see a competitive game as well, and i think thats more of what Cal is going after anyways than just a show, so I don’t see any of the older guys playing. Most likely wall,bledsoe,cousins,meeks,nazr,maagloire,bogans,patterson,hayes,tayshaun, and harrelson, probably most of the guys that are still playing and then if some of them can’t or won’t come then maybe they will fill out joe b’s roster with some of the older guys, but I think this is just as much a way to help the NBA guys out as it is to help out the DR…

  38. PittDaddy
    1:09 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    #32 Presale is Thursday public sale is friday

  39. Han
    1:09 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    Is it wise for Tayshaun to play since he’s a free agent? Still, given his multiple appearances round these parts since Cal came, Prince seems a safe bet.

    26) A lot of people ignoring that bit about currently in the NBA.

  40. John
    1:11 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    Really hope that Kanter is able to make it back from Turkey to play in this game. Be nice to see him play in Rupp at least one time.

  41. PittDaddy
    1:14 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    #39 I know. What kind of crowd do you all think this gets? Sell Out? 15-20000? Less?

  42. FinjaDave
    1:21 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    Heshimu Evans….. THE WARRIOR!!!!

  43. fresh prince of adair
    1:22 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    this will be exciting no matter what unfolds but the 2010 cats plus jodie makes it unmissable to me..if he played that year the question isnt whether we would have won the title but would we have lost a game rather.

    jodie wasnt hot one night and cold the next, he was hot for an entire season with opponents knowing to focus on him. I cant wait

  44. donny
    1:22 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    Rondo wldnt play in it anyway, he’s a cards fan, and I hate that, he never wanted to be at uk

  45. AD's unibrow
    1:26 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    michael porter…duh

  46. Debt Sun Roof
    1:29 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    Rondo won’t play because he’ll still be rehabbing his elbow injury.

  47. IcemanG2
    1:30 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    Glad to see you mention Crawford/Bradley. That duo left it all on the floor and were warriors for the Big Blue. Joe Crawford doesn’t get near the respect he deserved – yes, he packed up and left (briefly), but his senior season was one of my favorite individual efforts, including his all-out personal war against Marquette in the tourney when Patterson was injured and we had 3 guys make a field goal in that game. Ugh.

    Invites should go to:


  48. comebackcat
    1:41 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    Desmond Allison, shot – killed. so sad! Send thoughts and prayers BBN

  49. bigblueGH
    1:45 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    Is there any chance of this becoming an annual event or is it only possible because of the NBA lockout? I’d love to see a UK Legends vs. Friends of the Program every summer! Or even an NBA blue/white game (we’ll certainly have enough players to fill out both teams!).

  50. moefatty
    2:01 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    Andre Riddick!!!!

  51. FU of L
    2:03 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    How about a team of UK players in the NBA versus a team of U of L player in the… HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

  52. bung
    2:05 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    Jared Carter and Perry Stevenson

  53. clay county
    2:28 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    does anyone know how to get in on the presale for thursday

  54. .
    2:38 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink


  55. frank drebin
    3:08 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    33 – I boo you because u suck

  56. hoop33
    3:10 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    yeah i need to get on the presale thursday cuz i work friday….any info on tht?

  57. Zeus
    3:15 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    Any talk of national TV coverage of the game?

  58. bbmaverick
    3:21 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    How could you leave out Derrick Anderson? One of my all-time favorite Cats.

  59. Jackson County
    4:11 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    The fact that we must have Chuck Hayes really gets on my nerves. Everyone acts like he was one of the greatest ball players in UK history. If anything he was the most overrated player in UK history. He was no better than the third best player on ever UK team he was on.

  60. Me
    4:24 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    46) Rondo wanted to play for Pitino but that doesn’t mean he is a true true Card fan. He came to the UK/Louisville football game decked out in UK…

    I have never seen him at UofL games rooting for the Cards.

    I can’t believe all these post and no one mentioned Morris. You mentioned every player from that class Crawford, Rondo, Bradley but not Morris. I know he is playing in China and all but so is Harris and you mentioned him…so much drama around that guy and no mention?

    What about Erik Daniels? Didn’t see that name mentioned either.

  61. Bo
    4:44 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    Chuck Hayes and Derek Anderson.

    Anyone know how/when tix go on sale?

  62. Mike M.
    4:53 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    No mention of Tom Heitz yet, or Bret Bearup, or Dirk Minnifield, Dicky Beal, Sam Bowie,etc… !!

  63. glensboro icon
    5:12 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    how about r. morris. from what i read, he is the greatest player ever in china. also, why not let one of the most beloved cats of all time play in this game, jared lorenzen. and please bring back billy clyde to be an assistant

  64. Nathan Sipe
    5:53 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    U said Derrick Anderson. Then what about Ron Mercer? I bet his jumper is soakin wet! Put Legends like Chapman And Mashburn on the roster just cause. Whether or not they play its time to start giving some light to our Legends, so we dont forget and younger generations can be informed.

  65. Edward B.
    5:56 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    I would like to see this become an annual event with the proceeds going to build the new arena. If UK gets Blue/White games and exhibition games on TV, this should be a no-brainer. This game is with Dominican Republic but a Blue/White Game of NBA players that were former UK players would certainly be a sellout as well. Think money, money and money!

  66. BrownCat
    6:14 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    Perhaps the Ron Mercer still being alive joke should have been edited out since we just lost a former Wildcat. Just food for thought.

  67. Simon
    6:24 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    Does anybody know if rupp arena is saleing tickets to the game

  68. Chad
    6:48 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    Derrick Anderson was one of my favorite players, until he wore a half UK half OU jersey during the game last year…He is out!

  69. villecatfan
    8:02 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    Tickets are on on sale thursday for presale and then general friday

  70. iknoweverything
    8:52 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    Josh has been on campus the last two days for the overnight camp and stockton has worked both the father son and overnight camp, but hes a little overweight now so i wouldnt bet on him playing.

  71. t
    10:10 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    How did Fitch get overlooked? He still balls overseas.

  72. The Realist
    10:42 pm July 26, 2011 Permalink

    #66 – If it should have been left out, why did you repeat it?

  73. Cats
    12:10 am July 27, 2011 Permalink

    Seeing that picture makes me question how we didn’t win that year. That is a legit NBA team.

  74. imnotthefiveo
    12:46 am July 27, 2011 Permalink

    true story, i talked to richie farmer at work today. he said he was invited to play but wasn’t going to play. he said he would still be there that night.

  75. ddog
    2:04 am July 27, 2011 Permalink

    What about patrick sparks?

  76. prayingforNBAlockout
    7:40 am July 27, 2011 Permalink

    Josh Carrier (Only if the game is played in Memorial Colliseum – I hear he shot lights out in practice)

  77. Dano
    9:48 pm July 27, 2011 Permalink

    Hey,what about Jeff(The Chef)Shepard? You smell what the Chef is cooking?