I don’t know why but I am feeling sentimental and thinking back to the good ‘ol 2000s Kentucky Wildcats. Don’t you feel like in every decade there always seems to be that one guy who someday you will tell your kids “nobody mentions this guy but he was damn good”? I feel like I hear Dwight Anderson’s name mentioned a ton by older fans. In the 90s, I always feel like that guy was would be Allen Edwards or maybe Walter McCarty.
But I want to mention a guy during my teenage years that I don’t think got enough respect and will probably go down as the forgotten man of that decade 50 years from now: Kelenna Azubuike. He was our Human Highlight Film but because he left school early and never really led a team, you forget just how good he was. The guy is a Top 75 scorer in school history with nearly 1,000 points. He scored 500 points in his final year at UK. He was a part of two #1 seeded teams, 3 SEC Champions, and 2 Elite 8 teams. But above all else, he could do this:
I just don’t know if people who didn’t see him play will ever truly appreciate just how good Azubuike was. And for that, I am calling him the forgotten man of the 2000s. Would you agree or do you have another player who goes under-appreciated (in that decade or any other)?