Let me start with this….I wont be objective about Mark Krebs. Over the course of his three years at Kentucky, there has been no player who I have enjoyed talking with more than Mark. He has a great sense of humor, is a regular reader of this blog and nearly every time I see him, has something funny to say about the relevant stories going on at that time. If there has ever been a player that more embraced the experience of playing for Kentucky than Mark, I certainly havent met him. Whether signing autographs with children, speaking with fans after games or simply being a great teammate, Krebs gets the UK player experience as well as anyone and no one has savored every moment of it more than Mark.
And oh yeah, the kid can play a lot as well. Before coming to Kentucky, he was an outstanding player at Thomas More and his reputation as a sharpshooter has stayed with him in Lexington. John Calipari has spoken in glowing terms about his work ethic, rewarding Krebs with a scholarship for his Senior season. If you watch the bench during any game, you will see that no one is more focused on the game than Mark and he is the first off the bench to welcome the players back during timeouts and the like.
As with all sports, we tend to focus on the best players on this UK team, and the ones with NBA futures. But the stories and personalities of the other players are often what I am drawn to as well. Mark has had to deal with a serious illness with his mother during his time in Lexington, while also playing for three different coaches since he made the decision to play for the Big Blue. Through it all, Mark has kept the same positive energy and has been a role model for all the kids who line up for his autograph. On a personal level, every time I see him, he talks about how lucky he is and the great experience he has had in Lexington. When College Gameday was in town, one player decided to come to the arena to watch it live because he told me, “I have to see what this looks like.” It was Mark Krebs. He is a fan who has gotten lucky enough to wear the uniform and that is why I am sure on Senior Day, no one will appreciate the moment more than Mark.
As he told me the last time I saw him in Lexington and asked how things were going, “man we got a chance to win it all and its Kentucky. How could it be better?” Thats all you need to say.