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College Hoopedia Rains on Our Parade


After Kentucky’s legen… (wait for it…) DARY three week run that saw the Harrison twins, James Young, and Marcus Lee commit to the class of 2013, College Hoopedia decided to keep Big Blue Nation’s egos in check and research our recruiting flops. The site defined a recruiting disappointment as a McDonald’s All-American who averaged seven points per game or less during their UK career. There aren’t many.



So from a normal, not salty person’s perspective, Kentucky hasn’t had a McDonald’s All-American who HASN’T lived up to his hype in over a dozen years. Under John Calipari, I’ll venture to say this under-production from an elite recruit will NEVER happen. Kentucky has the program and staff in place to properly develop almost any high schooler with NBA potential into a successful professional player (see also: 15 draft picks in the last three years, two #1 overall draft picks in the last three years, first school with players to go 1-2 in the draft, etc etc). I’m guessing Jerry Tipton was a guest writer this week?



Article written by Kristen Geil

18 Comments for College Hoopedia Rains on Our Parade

  1. DAWG
    12:08 pm October 20, 2012 Permalink

    It’s already happened. Rember DO

  2. Travis
    12:11 pm October 20, 2012 Permalink

    Someone actually spent time looking this information up? What do u think,,, Indiana, Louisville, Duke, North Carlolina fan? LMAO!!!!

  3. Floyd
    12:33 pm October 20, 2012 Permalink

    DO was not a McDAA

  4. Spurious
    12:52 pm October 20, 2012 Permalink

    I am old enough to remember the players listed. All, with the exception of Marvin Stone, had better than average college playing careers. The only one who was continually mentioned by the press, mostly LHL, as being disappointing was Richard Madison. Brett Bearup, as least as a senior, played out of position.

  5. RIP
    1:13 pm October 20, 2012 Permalink

    *Transfered to Louisville and died.

  6. DaveUK
    1:17 pm October 20, 2012 Permalink

    I was a student at UK and working in Lex during the ’78-84 time period and remember all of those guys. It’s kind of unfortunate that all but Stone were in the latter years of Joe B.’s coaching career.

    The big class of that era was the ’79 class with Hurt, Hord, Minniefield, and Bowie, and they got the bulk of minutes, with Jim Master and Mel Turpin joining them in ’80. Also can’t forget that ’83-84 team was a Final Four squad, with Turpin being the SEC scoring leader that year. I guess it would be easy to take these stats at face value, but without context they really don’t mean anything.

  7. frank
    1:27 pm October 20, 2012 Permalink

    Also, Winston Bennett in 1953…..with Blackmon.

  8. frank
    1:28 pm October 20, 2012 Permalink

    1983 Correction!

  9. DaveUK
    1:46 pm October 20, 2012 Permalink

    Also Kenny Walker was in the mix as a freshman in ’82-83, starting 13 games that year. If I remember correctly Hall went with Dickie Beal and Minnifield rotating as PG, with Master as the starting 2 Guard. Tough to divide up minutes for everyone, but those were some damn good teams. If Bowie hadn’t had the stress fracture and had to redshirt a year, they would have been legendary.

  10. Daniel Orton
    1:51 pm October 20, 2012 Permalink

    According to those rules, shouldn’t I be on there?

  11. BigBlue1976
    2:13 pm October 20, 2012 Permalink

    Really College Hoopedia? Was this headline and hype really worth a measly 6 players over 20 years?

  12. Thelby
    2:23 pm October 20, 2012 Permalink

    In the late 1970s and 1980s it seemed everyone Kentucky signed took a big jump in rankings. If Kentucky was interseted they had to be very good, but Joe B. liked to have solid role players on his teams also.

  13. WildcatDJ
    2:30 pm October 20, 2012 Permalink

    There is a good percentage of McDonald’s All-American’s that disappear each year, for a variety of different types of coaches.

    I can’t think of any McDonald’s All-American’s that were coached by Cal that was a bust.

  14. Nope
    2:46 pm October 20, 2012 Permalink

    10… Nope. Daniel Orton wasn’t a McDonald’s allamerican

  15. Linda Taylor
    2:54 pm October 20, 2012 Permalink

    10 – No, you weren’t a McDonald’s All American.

  16. J A Brooks
    4:26 pm October 20, 2012 Permalink

    1 since 1984… doesn’t seem like its a epidemic or anything.

  17. old_school
    4:52 pm October 20, 2012 Permalink

    A lot of these guys were four year players who played a significant role in some big wins. If I remember right – Cedric Jenkins scored the winning basket against Louisville one year.

    Madison was a great athlete and while maybe not living up to the high school hype – logged valuable minutes for the UK program.

    As for Verderber – here’s a true blue-collar guy who was a solid player, a good student and actually used basketball to pursue a college education (the supposed premise of college athletics) Verderber went on to become a dentist.

    Too bad some people make a list like this and point to these names as “flops”.

  18. Hennig
    8:35 pm October 20, 2012 Permalink

    Chuck Verderber was the classic garbage man. He picked all the clutch rebounds and never wore out. Imagine Harrelson but a long time ago. You need role players.