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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Analyzing our 66 McDonald’s All-Americans

The University of Kentucky has had 66 players selected for the McDonald’s All-American game, not counting this year’s crop.  And while coming into school those 66 players land in one bucket, they all didn’t perform in that manner.  Keep in mind that the first McDonald’s All-American game wasn’t until 1978 so there are a lot of UK legends who didn’t even have a chance to receive that honor, but nonetheless a large chunk of this school’s history is comprised in this era.

So just what does being a McDonald’s All-American translate to in terms of a UK career?  Below are some different categories and just how many of the 66 guys were able to accomplish certain things.  Keep that in mind when you consider what percentage of these guys actually accomplish something:

National Champions (10): Tony Delk, Antoine Walker, Ron Mercer, Wayne Turner, Terrence Jones, Doron Lamb, Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marquis Teague, Kyle Wiltjer

Final Fours (19 plus the 10 guys above): Sam Bowie, Bret Bearup, Jim Master, Roger Harden, Kenny Walker, Winston Bennett, James Blackmon, Brandon Knight, Alex Poythress, Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Dakari Johnson, Marcus Lee, Julius Randle, James Young, Devin Booker, Trey Lyles, Karl Towns, Tyler Ulis

1st Team All-American (6): Kenny Walker, Tony Delk, Ron Mercer, John Wall, Anthony Davis, Tyler Ulis

All-SEC First Team (23): Sam Bowie, Derrick Hord, Kenny Walker, Winston Bennett, Rex Chapman, Tony Delk, Antoine Walker, Ron Mercer, Tayshaun Prince, Keith Bogans, Patrick Patterson, Demarcus Cousins, John Wall, Terrence Jones, Brandon Knight, Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Julius Randle, Karl Towns, Tyler Ulis, De’Aron Fox, Malik Monk, Kevin Knox

Transferred From Kentucky (12): Dwight Anderson, Clarence Tillman, Irving Thomas, Eric Manuel, Chris Mills, Rod Rhodes, Marvin Stone, Rashaad Carruth, Kyle Wiltjer, Marcus Lee, Sacha Killeya-Jones, Quade Green

Transferred to Kentucky (1): Reid Travis

Most Total Points: Kenny Walker (2080), Keith Bogans (1923), Tony Delk (1890), Tayshaun Prince (1775), Ed Davender (1637)

Fewest Total Points: Jarred Vanderbilt (82), Clarence Tillman (100), Irving Thomas (120), Rashaad Carruth (143), Sacha Killeya-Jones (152)

A 1 in 6.6 chance in winning a national title.  A little under 50% of the guys made a Final Four.  One in three become 1st team All-SEC.  And maybe most amazingly, more of those 66 players transferred from the school than won a national title.  

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Article written by Bryan the Intern

5 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Analyzing our 66 McDonald’s All-Americans



  1. StuckinLville
    10:51 am April 29, 2019 Permalink

    John Wall was not a burger boy



    • Carcrook
      6:25 pm April 30, 2019 Permalink

      I didn’t think he was either. So, 65 burger boys.



  2. Kendrick
    5:58 pm April 29, 2019 Permalink

    Wasn’t WCS 1st team all American?



    • CATandMONKEY
      6:19 pm April 29, 2019 Permalink

      But not a McDonald’s A.A. coming in. Thus,not listed.



    • Luether
      9:45 pm April 29, 2019 Permalink

      WCS was a lowly 4 star HS recruit…