Not long ago, Matt brought you some links to articles appearing on UKAthletics profiling former Kentucky players going on to win championships at he professional and international levels. The last two articles have been posted, and one of them details my favorite Kentucky player of all time, Tayshaun Prince. (The other one is about Andy Gruenebaum, a former goalkeeper for the UK men’s soccer team.) Tayshaun is one of the greats and will certainly have his name in the rafters some day, in addition to the hardware he’s collected beyond his time at Kentucky.
Now everyone reflect:
The other piece is one in a series from A Sea of Blue I’ve directed you to over the last couple of weeks, but this one is special. The former UK freshman walk-on under coach Rupp reflects on coach Joe B. Hall, who was an assistant and recruiting coordinator during the period. Here’s a little preview before you read the whole article here.
Coach Hall probably suffered in the eyes of the faithful because he had neither the witty sarcasm of Adolph Rupp nor the flamboyance of Rick Pitino. Certainly, he was no sparkling personality. His flat presentations in interviews with the media produced few one-liners for an industry eager for sound-bites.
But what kind of coach was Joe B. Hall? What does the record say? Thirteen years as head coach, one national championship, three Final Fours, one national Coach of the Year, four times SEC Coach of the Year, eight SEC titles, seven players named All-American a total of 11 times, nine players all-SEC totaling 18 selections, 23 players drafted into the NBA, five in the first round, and a winning percentage of .748.
Evan will be around shortly with a look at the Cinco de Starters-o for the Fighting Schnellenbergers of Florida Atlantic, so stay tuned.