Photo by Pine Mountain Photography
Lost a bit in the shuffle of last night’s great event was an extremely thoughtful act by former Cat Tayshaun Prince. Rather than wearing his traditional #21 jersey, Tayshaun Prince decided to wear #32 in honor of his former teammate Desmond Allison. Prince came into UK with Allison and the two were very close during their time in Lexington. Tayshaun decided that his return was a perfect chance to honor his teammate, who was killed just last month. He told me after the game,
I was very close to Desmond and I think he is a guy who a lot of people misunderstood. He gave two good years to this program and I thought tonight was a great chance to honor him in the arena where he used to play. When they called and asked me to play, they said that they assumed I would want number 21. But I asked for 32 to remember my teammate who I used to play with in this same building. I hope people remember him for the good things and I was glad to get to honor him.
Keith Bogans also participated, putting #32 on his shoes and both players said they mentioned Allison to their UK Legends teammates before the game. A great act from Tayshaun and Keith, two great Cats both on and off the floor.