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BBN Jam Round One: (2003) Bogans & Estill vs. (2018) Knox & Shai

One of the most prolific scorers in the history of Kentucky basketball is completely healthy and ready to take a bite out of a couple of freshmen.

Tubby Smith’s best team from top to bottom was arguably the 2003 Wildcats. Led by Keith Bogans, his ankle injury in the Sweet 16 is one of the ultimate “What Ifs” in the history of Kentucky basketball. Marquis Estill carried the load admirably in his place. The 6’9″ center from Madison Central scored 28 points and grabbed six rebounds to carry the Cats to the Elite Eight. Without a healthy Bogans, the legend of Dwyane Wade was born.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had one of the most unlikely rises among any player in the field. The four-star recruit entered UK with little to no expectations, yet finished his one-year Kentucky career with some of the most impressive numbers of any Calipari point guard. A significant portion of the 5+ assists he dished out a game were to Knox, a lengthy midrange weapon. Their Road to the Final Four ended unexpectedly against Kansas State in the Sweet 16 in a game most would rather forget.


Years from now UK fans will look at SGA’s numbers and say, “He really did that.” They’re right on track with the best of the best. His length would bother Bogans on the perimeter, while Estill and Knox would each be a mismatch for one another on both ends of the floor.

Ultimately, Estill could protect the rim well enough to force ’18 to take outside shots. If this turns into a shooting contest, Bogans should have the upper hand. The tale of the tape my dictate otherwise, but one number does not lie: 1,923. Only three more people have scored more points than Keith Bogans in a Kentucky basketball uniform: Dan Issel, Jack Givens and Kenny Walker.

Could the freshmen hang with two upperclassmen or would they be choked out by the SuffoCats?

Could the freshmen hang with two upperclassmen or would they be choked out by the SuffoCats?

Posted by Kentucky Sports Radio on Friday, April 3, 2020


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

2 Comments for BBN Jam Round One: (2003) Bogans & Estill vs. (2018) Knox & Shai

  1. Irwin R. Fletcher
    11:35 am April 3, 2020 Permalink

    A healthy Bogans, would’ve shut down (severely limited, a the very least) Dwayne Wade. But, Knox’s strengths play directly into Estill’s defensive weaknesses. Tough call.

  2. 67ferrari
    12:43 pm April 3, 2020 Permalink

    Bogans & crew would’ve won it all of he hadn’t been injured. As much as I enjoyed the ’18 team toward the end of the year… 2003 Cats win by 15.