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Anthony Davis Headlines 2018 UK Hall of Fame Class

Anthony Davis is a UK Hall of Famer.  This fall the Unibrow will join John Wall as the second Kentucky Wildcat coached by John Calipari to enter the UK Athletics Hall of Fame.

Davis is not the only big name in the 2018 class.  Tight end Jacob Tamme, women’s basketball star Victoria Dunlap, golfer Russ Cochran, SEC tennis champion Eric Quigley and his coach, Dennis Emery, will be inducted during Hall of Fame Weekend, September 21-22, in conjunction with the home football game vs. Mississippi State.

Davis only played one year at UK, but he accomplished just about everything there is to accomplish.  The lengthy center was a consensus National Player of the Year, National Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-American, Final Four Most Outstanding Player and 2012 National Champion.  He brought home plenty of collegiate hardware, was the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft, then earned some more as an Olympic gold medalist in London.  Now the five-time NBA All-Star can add “UK Hall of Fame” to his long list of honors and accolades.

Tamme came to UK as a wide receiver before the Danville native turned into one of the program’s most celebrated tight ends.  In his final two years at Kentucky, Tamme ended his season with All-SEC honors and Music City Bowl victories.  Once he got to the NFL, he played for nine seasons and earned a Super Bowl ring.

Dunlap and Quigley were celebrated All-Americans that brought each of their respective programs to new heights.  More on each individual’s illustrious Kentucky careers:

Russ Cochran, Men’s Golf, 1975-78

First-team All-SEC in 1978 after leading UK to top-five finishes at the SEC Championships in each of his final three years … SEC individual runner-up in 1978, the same year the squad won its first-ever outright tournament in program history at the Marshall Classic … Has played professionally since 1979 and is still active on the PGA Tour Champions … Total of 10 professional wins, including one on the PGA Tour and four on the Champions Tour … Best year on the PGA Tour was 1991, when he won the Western Open and had a pair of second-place finishes … For many years was the only left-handed player on the PGA Tour … Finished in the top 10 twice at the PGA Championship … Won the British Senior Open in 2011 … More than $13 million in career earnings.

 

Anthony Davis, Men’s Basketball, 2012

Led UK to the 2012 national championship … Unanimous national player of the year … National freshman of the year, SEC Player of the Year, SEC Defensive Player of the Year and SEC Freshman of the Year … Tabbed the NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player after blocking six shots and grabbing 16 rebounds in the title game … NCAA Consensus First Team All-American … Guided UK to a 38-2 record and SEC regular-season championship … Shattered the single-season school record for blocks in a season with 186, which ranks as the fourth in NCAA history … Selected No. 1 overall in the 2012 NBA Draft … Six-year NBA veteran … Five-time NBA All-Star … Three-time All-NBA First Team member … 2017 NBA All-Star MVP … 2012 Olympic gold medalist.

 

Victoria Dunlap, Women’s Basketball, 2008-11

First-team All-America as a junior and third-team All-America as a senior … Two-time SEC Player of the Year … SEC Defensive Player of the Year … Two-year WBCA All-Region … First-team All-SEC as a junior and senior, second team as a sophomore … Led team to NCAA Elite Eight as a junior … Ranks top 10 on numerous UK career lists, including second in games started (133), rebounding (1,099), blocks (178), free throws made (445) and free throws attempted (714), third in scoring (1,846), steals (307) and double-doubles (31), and sixth in games played … First UK player with more than 100 assists, 100 blocks and 300 steals in her career and just the second player with more than 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career … Played two seasons in the WNBA.

 

Dennis Emery, Head Men’s Tennis Coach, 1983-2012

Head coach of the men’s tennis team for 30 seasons … His teams won 568 matches, never losing to an in-state opponent … Took UK to 23 NCAA Tournament appearances, including 11 trips to the Sweet 16 and four appearances in the Elite Eight … UK earned 23 final top-25 rankings during his career, including seven final top-10 rankings … Coached 19 Wildcats to 38 All-America honors … Guided three players to the finals of the NCAA singles championship, including Eric Quigley, who tied the NCAA record for singles victories … SEC Coach of the Year three times … Won the SEC team tournament championship in 1992 and the regular-season championship in 2012 … Had 655 career victories, including his five seasons at Austin Peay.

 

Eric Quigley, Men’s Tennis, 2009-12

Winningest Wildcat in school history with 172 victories … Tied the NCAA record for most singles wins in a career … Five-time All-American, three times as a singles player and two times as a doubles player … 2012 SEC Player of the Year … Went undefeated in the SEC his senior season … Captain of UK’s 2012 SEC championship team … Advanced to the finals of the 2012 NCAA Singles Championships … Helped UK appear in the NCAA Tournament four times, including a quarterfinals appearance in 2011 and two Sweet 16s … Helped Kentucky finish in the top-10 rankings twice … As a team, UK racked up 100 wins during his career, including 28 his senior season … Won the ITA/Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award.

 

Jacob Tamme, Football, 2004-07

Consensus first-team All-SEC as a junior and senior … Career totals featured 133 catches for 1,417 yards, most ever by a UK tight end, along with 11 TD receptions … Helped UK to Music City Bowl wins in 2006 and ‘07 … Outstanding senior season featured 56 catches for 619 yards and six TDs, earning fourth-team All-America honors … Won a National Scholar-Athlete Award from the National Football Foundation … First-team Academic All-America … SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in football … Named to the National Good Works Team for community service … Received Bobby Bowden Award as FCA National Player of the Year … Played nine NFL seasons with Indianapolis, Denver and Atlanta.

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Article written by Nick Roush

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15 Comments for Anthony Davis Headlines 2018 UK Hall of Fame Class



  1. clint w.
    1:36 pm June 19, 2018 Permalink

    Did anyone else get a little sad when they saw this and not Reid Travis commitment news



    • ClutchCargo
      1:38 pm June 19, 2018 Permalink

      I got a little annoyed when the app notification popped up a couple of minutes ago and it wasn’t Reid Travis news.



    • clint w.
      1:50 pm June 19, 2018 Permalink

      Right there with you



    • BBN_strive_4_9
      1:57 pm June 19, 2018 Permalink

      Yes



  2. Randall lee
    1:38 pm June 19, 2018 Permalink

    Save the meow for when Reid commits. What a let-down.



  3. memphis
    1:45 pm June 19, 2018 Permalink

    I could be wrong but I’m assuming claiming someone has a Super Bowl ring when their teams lost all three that they played in could be a painful feeling.



  4. tree_gardener
    1:51 pm June 19, 2018 Permalink

    Tamme was in three super bowls… lost all three. Fact check.



  5. Buffalo Cat
    2:16 pm June 19, 2018 Permalink

    Am I the only one with mixed feelings about a one-year player earning Hall of Fame status?



    • michaelb
      2:26 pm June 19, 2018 Permalink

      Are you talking about AD? Lol



    • ClutchCargo
      2:42 pm June 19, 2018 Permalink

      I say being the star player on one of the 8 NCAA titles in school history makes him qualified, regardless of the number of years he was here.



    • theWilkman
      3:02 pm June 19, 2018 Permalink

      Mixed feelings about Anthony Davis? Yes, you are the only one.



    • Mathlete
      3:32 pm June 19, 2018 Permalink

      Name someone who accomplished more in their sport while at UK than AD did, and is eligible but isn’t already in the HOF, and I’ll join you in mixing feelings. Until then, AD is arguably the greatest player in UK Basketball history



    • RC
      9:18 am June 20, 2018 Permalink

      Anthony Davis has arguably one of the best seasons in UK history but he’s not the Best Player in UK history. Not close.

      You need to read up on guys like Dan Issel, Goose Givens and Kenny Walker and then ask yourself if AD was a better player.

      Goose was National POY, NCAA Tourney MOP, 3x AA, All SEC, etc. Scored 41 points in the National Championship win over Dook. Lost just 2 games in ’78. Scored 3rd most points in UK history.

      Issel is #1 all time points and #1 all time rebounds at UK. Owns the #2, 3, 6 & 10 highest scoring games in UK history (including a 53 & 51 point efforts). Owns 9 of the top 21 overall. Owns 3 of the top 10 best rebounding games (high of 29). Issel was 2x AA, 2x All NCAA tourney, All SEC. Lost 12 games in 3 seasons.

      Sky was 2x AA, SEC POY 2x, #2 all time points and #6 all time boards.

      AD is certainly in the top 10 and maybe in the top 5, but I can’t rank him ahead of the 3 guys above. No way.



  6. marcyplayground
    5:46 pm June 19, 2018 Permalink

    Wasn’t Jacob Tamme a scholarship player from the start? I thought the story was that there was only a single scholarship available between him and Keenan Burton but that an additional one opened up to allow him to sign.



    • MegatonRange
      11:12 pm June 19, 2018 Permalink

      I believe you’re right, there was a football coaching change at UK at the time & the AD asked Tamme to hold off on signing somewhere else. IIRC, he got a scholarship when the new coach arrived.