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Hey, a poll. That is neat.

I’m changing my Facebook cover photo to be this exact image.

The biggest lingering question from last year’s magical run now has an avenue for you to give your opinion.  If you woke up this morning thinking about Anthony Davis, and who doesn’t, feel free to consider the question, once again, of whether he should get his jersey retired.  Because there’s a poll up for it, and it’s actually extremely close.

A decade after he became one of the few freshmen to be a major contributor on a Championship team, Syracuse retired Carmelo Anthony’s jersey at last weekend’s loss to Georgetown.  Melo is probably the best comparison to Anthony that college basketball has, as far as accomplishments go, with the exception of a number one draft selection.  But the title, and the Final Four MOP, are both the same.

I started this past offseason thinking that there’s no way we could retire a freshman’s jersey.  I might be wrong.  There’s legitimate reason on both sides, whether you want it hanging up or not, but you can go vote here if you like.  Then feel free to discuss below.  Does the Melo retirement change anything?  Should Davis get his jersey retired before Tony Delk?  Tayshaun Prince?  Saul Smith?  Okay, maybe not Saul Smith.

Here’s the results so far:

As you can see, the margin is still razor-thin.  This doesn’t really have an impact on the decision, but it’s interesting to see just how divisive this question is.

Discuss amongst yourselves.  Or keep complaining about The Bachelor.  Either way.

Article written by Corey Nichols

68 Comments for Hey, a poll. That is neat.



  1. Tyler on a Plane
    9:05 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    I’m good with it so long as he finishes his degree at UK and he gets some time in the league to prove that his character is what we all think it is. He is an all around awesome guy who has done a ton for UK on and off the court.



  2. Don
    9:06 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    The bachelor posts are crap



  3. Invisible Obama
    9:07 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    Sure, why not? He accomplished more in one year, than some of those hanging jerseys did in 4. However, his jersey should not be hung before Tubby Smith’s is hung.



  4. RICK
    9:08 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    No.



  5. Dikembe Mutumbo
    9:09 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    If he can prove himself and do something in the League while giving back to the University during his career, sure. But for now, leave the number in rotation. We don’t need to hang anyone’s number until their pro career is over.



  6. cats1068
    9:12 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    Yes, his number should be retired. He won all but one of the major player of the year awards, 1st team all american, national championship, etc. His accolades and acomplishments speak for themselves.



  7. Wall2Cousins
    9:13 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    his along with about 8 other players should already have there numbers hanging.



  8. HeshimuEvans'2ndGradeTeacher
    9:14 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    Let’s see, should UK retire the number of arguably the best player they’ve ever had? Yes.



  9. 1600s
    9:19 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    No, he left Kentucky after one year lest you forget. Furthermore, even though Davis was a beast on the boards and a nightmare on the defensive e, his offensive game wasn’t up to par and he only scored on opps, not very efficient. Have yee forgot the other palyers such as Miller, Jones, Lamb and company? Yee shalt not hang Davis jersey in RUPP, ESPECIALLY before the honorable Tubby Smith.



  10. bung
    9:20 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    speaking of jerseys…last night Denver smoked Kobe’s team 33-3 on fast break points which allowed them to dominate in the paint points…



  11. J in Orlando
    9:21 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    Maybe not retire the number, but it wont hurt anyone to hang a jersey to commemorate his accomplishments



  12. Jeremy
    9:21 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    He won us a NCAA Championship, so yes he deserves it. You don’t hang jerseys for a kid graduating. Its for SPORTS not academics.



  13. 3goggles
    9:25 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    I think there’s a waiting period. Carmelo’s took 10 years, and I don’t think that’s too long. He has given back to his university and was the reason Boheim got his title. For Davis, right now he continues to be the kid we always thought he was. I think that him coming back to take classes at UK this summer is a great start and if he continues to support and be around the university over the years and continues to work on his degree then his JERSEY should hang. I would note that we don’t retire numbers at UK…we just hang names/jerseys. The numbers remain in the rotation.



  14. Josh
    9:25 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    They gotta graduate before they get their jersey in the rafters. Georgia Tech does this and John Salley used it as a motivation to complete his degree. I love the idea and think it should be implemented everywhere.



  15. BigRush
    9:26 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    Yes. Are there any alternatives to listen using iPhone other than iheart? My iheart radio is horrible and cuts off once a minute. TuneIn works fine. Are there any stations up on that app that carry KSR?



  16. bb
    9:29 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    Hey, I love the guy! But MKG was the yang to his yeng. He couldn’t have accomplished what he did without the “kidd”. If you retire one you have to retire the other.



  17. Woo's gummy snacks
    9:30 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    I think his jersey should be retired but either after or on the same day as tony delk’s….. The poll doesn’t clarify but that’s my opinion.



  18. twnky
    9:31 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    hell yes! he had hands down the best year you could have in one season as a ncaa basketball player. he won the defensive player of the year, national player of the year, freshman of the year, final four mvp, national champ, 1st team all-american, #1 overall pick & won a gold w the US team. you cant have a better year than that. ill put that one year up aginst any player… ever. most players are lucky to achieve ONE of those awards if they spend 4 years in school. that being said we need to have other players and tubby up there b4 he gets his retired.



  19. KC
    9:32 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    If your going to retire his AD’s jersey then Delk and Tubby need theirs before him. Wait a decade like Syracuse did with Carmelo before considering it.



  20. Kevin
    9:33 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    Darius Miller’s jersey should hang in the rafters before anyone else’s from last year’s team. Period.



  21. John Madden
    9:37 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    2 – most everything here is crap. it’s the same level of insight you’d get from an awkward, forced conversation with a stranger or new acquaintance. bubblegum Kentucky news.



  22. JustSayin
    9:38 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    I love AD but my opinion is ‘no’. If he gets one several other players on that team deserve one too. His tribute is in the banner hanging in Rupp, one that ALL members of that team can share.



  23. Old Cat
    9:42 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    There are going to be a number of players who deserve to have their jerseys retired short of graduating and I believe that there is a way to do this without devaluing those who finished their career. I believe that the current banners are blue with white graphics. For short termers I suggest that we reverse the colors to be white with blue graphics. Problem solved!



  24. Leroy Bird
    9:42 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    Still waiting on Delk’s jersey up there..



  25. CATS
    9:44 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    I love how people who probably never graduated from UK, much less have any idea how to get around campus, want to make someone graduate before they can be honored for their accomplishments on the court, not in the classroom.

    He is the most decorated UK player in history. He just did it as a freshman. Which shows just how transcedent he was. I know we have a lot of history, but we cannot set our standards so high that we cannot enjoy things such as this.



  26. No complaining
    9:46 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t think people are complaining as much about the bachelor anymore.
    Most realize that Matt probably gets a grant for having a faggit like Flener on his staff, so it really isn’t groundbreaking to think that such a faggit would write about the bachelor.



  27. Tampa Satchel
    9:46 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    I like the idea that someone else mentioned. If they return to school and finish their degree, then retire their jersey. I like the idea that retiring a jersey is about more than just what you do on the court, especially for just one year.

    I do not know what the criteria is specifically, or even if they have criteria, but I believe it should be about character too. You don’t have to stay all four years, but if you leave there should be some hurdles to jump over to be held in the same esteem as those who stayed the duration.



  28. CATS
    9:53 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    26.) Whooaaa, you worried that the big bad fag might come and get you. I hear they hide under your bed at night. Be sure to check under there before your mommy tucks you in, REDNECK!!!



  29. CATS
    9:54 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    27.) Michael Porter graduated, but I guess he gets a pass for touching young girls because he stayed in college for four years.



  30. RealCatsFan
    9:54 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    I’m with others – we need to wait a little while, then revisit. It has been 15 years since Tubby brought home #7 for us, so I think it is high time to get his jersey up in the rafters before we hang A.D.’s. How about a poll for that one?



  31. SoFLCat
    9:57 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    Nope, and it has nothing to do with age or how long he stuck around. I think it takes more than one stellar year of accolades to have a number retired. Retiring numbers should be for rare and exceptional circumstances that transcend more than one year’s accomplishments.



  32. RealCatsFan
    9:57 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    26, it’s sad to see you displaying your ignorance for the entire nation to see. It’s even sadder to see that you don’t even know how to correctly spell the slur you are slinging about. Aren’t you late for middle school?



  33. Moderator Message
    9:58 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    28.
    CATS has changed name to : FaggitShield



  34. RealCatsFan
    10:00 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    Along the lines of what #31 said, Nerlens was on pace to possibly break A.D.’s block record before he fell to injury, and he was only beginning to generate a buzz for his play just mainly because UK had been flying under the radar most of the season. I’m all for commemorating Anthony someday, maybe even with a jersey, but not one year removed from the title. That’s the kind of stuff IU does (not the winning titles part).



  35. SayWhat?
    10:03 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    Way too early to even begin to discuss the retirement of Davis’ jersey! Way too early!! In the “instant gratification” world we live this is the exact thing I’d expect. There is a banner hanging in Rupp right now that displays his contribution to last season. Maybe 10 years from now we can look back and say “let’s retire his jersey” but way too early to talk about that now.



  36. Tampa Satchel
    10:08 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    #27CATS-You put words in my mouth and failed to read my entire post. First, I said the character should be a key point in determining whether or not a former player is eligible. Also considered would be athletic performance.

    Michael Porter fails on both counts. He was not exceptional on the court and he fails the character test by getting arrested. In my opinion this would keep Antoine Walker out too.

    Try reading the entire post carefully next time an don’t make giant leaps of logic.



  37. GrandePadre
    10:09 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    Stealing from GYERO, now my avatar?



  38. huck
    10:15 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    Lots of reasonable comments – except for one – imo. I’m on the side of wait 10 years or so and if he still seems to be a great human and supporter of UK, why not, but not now.

    … LOL at the tub comments. tubby didn’t bring anything – he rode the bus… sat there until it was about out of gas and sure wasn’t the guy that stepped up and filled the tank back up after his ride.



  39. Cats By Triple Digits
    10:15 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    What does finishing school have to do with sports??? Retire the jersey.



  40. UK Fan
    10:18 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    There no doubt UK should retire his jersey…only question is when.



  41. huck
    10:29 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    Question – who should get a say in things like this?

    UK administrators
    UK graduates
    UK students
    Tom, Dick and Harry?



  42. Platinum Unis
    10:30 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    Let me teach:

    Jerseys that should be in the rafters, based on who’s up there now, and why they’re up there: Delk, Prince, Bogans, Tubby. Championship coaches are a given. The other three are all in the top 10 in scoring history and all played four years and graduated blah blah blah. Delk and Prince were All-Americans.

    If you want to put Miller in the rafters because of the Unforgettables caveat, then that’s a fair argument. But you can’t do it just because he’s a Kentucky kid who stayed four years during the Gillispie and one and done eras, finally met his high expectations and won a championship. Davis was an All American and had a record freshman season, and a legit argument can obviously made for him (and also against him).

    Other jerseys who should NOT be in the rafters based on who is up there now and why: Padgett, Rondo, Hayes, Patterson, Cousins, Wall, MKG, Lamb, Jones…

    Here’s a question: Should guys who win multiple championships – Jeff Sheppard, Wayne Turner, Nazr Mohammed, Allen Edwards, Cameron Mills – be up there? Sheppard in particular was a contributor to both teams and MOP in ’98. Not saying I feel one way or the other, but it’s a valid question based on other arguments people want to present.



  43. SeoulCat
    10:37 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    Yes.



  44. Chicago Chris
    10:43 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    I had a dream Saul Smith was playing again. I saw him in a highlight recently and I think I felt bad because he was so resented here.

  45. I agree with 16. Matt is always talking about how MKG was the leader of the team.



  46. Go Cats
    10:50 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    Retiring numbers should absolutely be for rare and exceptional circumstances, and thus practically impossible for a one year player. But winning Player of the Year, and a national title is the exception. This should be the precedent for a what it takes for any freshman to have their jersey hung. No player of the year, or no national title, no banner. Wait a bit sure to see how he presents himself, but he absolutely should have his name up in the rafters.

    Also, what is taking honoring Tony Delk so long? First team All-American, top 5 career scoring leader in UK history, national title. What more do you want?



  47. Herbert Hoover
    11:13 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    The current requirements for hanging jerseys are too soft. I recommend:

    1) Must have graduated within 5 years of matriculation. No exceptions. They are students first- that’s far more important than how the basketball players played basketball.

    2)A waiting period of 25 years so we can really analyze their career at UK, their pro careers, and the rest of their lives. (Personally, I think we should wait until the candidates are dead so that there can be no wiggle room as to what hijinks they may commit after their playing days are over, but I don’t think others will find that palatable). I know it’s exciting that Davis is the first player in UK- even college basketball- history to win NPOY, Defensive POY, SEC POY, 1st team All-American, FF MOP, win a Natl Chmpnshp, be picked #1 in the draft and win an Olympic Gold Medal- but let’s not be hasty here folks.

    3)Must have the highest character possible, as evaluated by a panel of priests, ministers, clerics, state and federal judges and other shaman. Only those of the most impeccable moral fiber should be considered. That is far more important than the consideration of how a basketball player played basketball.

    4) Players from Kentucky should be given the highest priority, followed by players from the South. (Inner city players from large metropolitan areas should be given a far lower priority than say Jeff Sheppard or Darius Miller)

    With these criteria in place, we might not have scuttled through such dubious past honorees as Dan Issel (Illinois native), Ralph Beard (point shaving scandal), and Cliff Hagan (Didoes and NCAA probation as AD). Mistakes all, imo.



  48. kfan
    11:26 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    no because he stayed only one year. you can talk about how great he was, how many awrds he won, but to be in the rafters with all the others you need to be at uk for more than 1 yr. sadly he used the school as others do, and as calipari encourages as a stepping stone to the nba. no respect for the college. these current players had the same plans when they came here, prob the only reason they came here, but all that has fallen apart for them. there is a diff in honoring a college player and honoring a player who accomplished alot.

  49. 47, you forgot to add the Pope to item #3. lol



  50. vandyfan
    11:30 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    ha this a joke we have a whole team graduate and you want to honor a team that stayed one year. thats a joke on educational sports. what is uk a college?



  51. vandyfan
    11:35 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    saul smith your best player of all time. a coaches kid who knows the game and might even be the next coach of your team.



  52. vandyfan
    11:37 am February 26, 2013 Permalink

    o i have missed posting on here. i aske coach why we lost to uk. and he said simple politics. the sec needs uk to be strong and vandy was the sacrificial lamb of the year. if we went at you without shackels around our wrist we would destroy you like we did last year. thats right ruling sec champs vandy!



  53. Bluecreeker
    12:20 pm February 26, 2013 Permalink

    Love AD, but no his jersey should never be retired.

    Ask Pelphrey, Fledhaus, Farmer, Woods and some of those guys who sacrificed and played through the pain what they think of the idea.

    No one and done should recieve the honor that is bestowed on those players who best personified the UK program.

    AD…great kid, loved his game, thanks for the season(period).



  54. true blue
    12:28 pm February 26, 2013 Permalink

    ONE OF OR THE BEST PLAYER TO EVER WEAR A KENTUCKY JERSEY!!!!! SOO RETIRE IT NEVER WOULD HAVE WON IT WITH OUT HIM. EVEN THOUGH THERE WERE OTHER GOOD PLAYERS ON THAT GREAT TEAMMMMM¬°!¬°!!¬°!!!!!!!!!



  55. The Truth
    12:38 pm February 26, 2013 Permalink

    ONley players who stayed all four years and graduted should be up there! No 1 and Dones! Anthony Davis was an ungratful bastard mersenary only nba on his mind who LEFT US so SCREw Him! Period! And NO 4 YEARS= NO MASHBURN ETHER!! PEriod!!! We gave them SCOLARSHIPS for 4 years and they didnt USE them spiT in are FACE!! Period!!!!! End of story!!!!!!!!!!



  56. GoBlue
    12:50 pm February 26, 2013 Permalink

    Generally, I don’t think one-and-dones should have their jerseys retired. One year is not enough to deserve the honor. That said, ANTHONY DAVIS IS AN EXCEPTION. He achieved something that no other UK player has ever done – he was the consensus national player of the year. That is special enough to retire his jersey.

    But I do think others – like Tony Delk? – should come first.



  57. UKBlue1!
    12:50 pm February 26, 2013 Permalink

    There hasn’t been a jersey retired in several years. Delk,Davis, MKG,Shepperd,Mercer, Anderson and I probably leaving a few off, are deserving of the honor.



  58. GoBlue
    12:51 pm February 26, 2013 Permalink

    Follow-up: I also think he should get his degree before he is eligible.



  59. Cats in the NBA
    12:55 pm February 26, 2013 Permalink

    If RICHIE FARMER can have a jersey hanging in the rafters, then ANYONE can.



  60. Jason
    1:07 pm February 26, 2013 Permalink

    26. You are absolutely right.
    59. Richie was an Unforgettable. We honor what he did while he was here.



  61. J.swann
    1:28 pm February 26, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t care but if you retie one then you must retire the 6 that made it happen.



  62. bluristhurr
    2:16 pm February 26, 2013 Permalink

    We need to get Delk, Prince, and Miller in that order first.



  63. bluristhurr
    2:19 pm February 26, 2013 Permalink

    The real question should be can we take a jersey down thats been retired? Really the unforgettables, one in question that has to go is Richie Farmer. I seen a post about what you do after can have an impact how you’re thought of later.



  64. Leaveamessage
    2:25 pm February 26, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t think they should. He was great. But there were many greats to wear the Blue and White. How could you argue against Wall and Cousins, etc.? Let alone players from the pre-Cal era! Keep it special!



  65. Maxbps8
    2:34 pm February 26, 2013 Permalink

    I agree w/ #20 – Darius is first on this list. Then MKG. Then AD.



  66. Anthony
    4:50 pm February 26, 2013 Permalink

    National Champion-check
    National Player of the Year-check
    All American-check
    SEC Player of the Year-check

    Who cares if he only stayed one year. The times are different. Money is different. The rules for players are different. Why not Wall or Cousins? Because they didn’t win anything, that’s why. If you don’t honor Anthony Davis for being the main reason why UK won it’s first title in 14 years then you might as well be spitting in not only his face, but the other greats who have worn the UK uniform.



  67. bcat
    5:02 pm February 26, 2013 Permalink

    Sure, if we retire Anthony Davis’ jersey, we’ll have to retire every freshman who comes in here and wins Player of the Year, an NCAA title, a gold medal, breaks our all time block record and is selected as the #1 pick. Sets a bad precedent.



  68. huck
    6:53 pm February 26, 2013 Permalink

    46 sounds good to me. player of the year, supporter of the university and a wonderful human(at least ten years)
    – put him up there.

    looks like the submit(enter) didn’t work… 6 hours late