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Flashback: Things that were happening when K.C. Ross-Miller committed to Kentucky



K.C. Ross-Miller rocked the world of college basketball fans who unfortunately recall the Billy Clyde Gillispie years earlier this week by committing to spend his final year of eligibility playing for Bruce Pearl and the Auburn Tigers. What’s surprising about all of this isn’t the fact that Ross-Miller will be playing against Kentucky in the SEC, but rather the fact that Ross-Miller still has a year of eligibility. When K.C. Ross-Miller originally committed to Kentucky, it was back in early July of the year 2007. For those doing the math and celebrating strange things (perhaps with a John Calipari-faced cake), that 7-year anniversary will be coming up in a few short months. Although Ross-Miller was an underclassmen at the time (Hey, that was Gillispie’s thing…), that still seems like forever ago. One would think that we might have heard the last of Ross-Miller, but alas, we have not…

What was happening the first time K.C. Ross-Miller committed to an SEC school by picking Kentucky back in July of 2007? Well, I’m here to tell you…


1. Julius Randle was in 6th grade learning spin moves from his Mom in the back yard


2. Karl-Anthony Towns Jr. was was 11 years old… and had just committed to Kentucky (just kidding, but it feels like he has been a UK commit for years)


3. Kentucky’s roster looked like this: Matt Scherbenske, Ramel Bradley, Derrick Jasper, Mark Krebs, Michael Porter, A.J. Stewart, Perry Stevenson, Jodie Meeks, Moraykinyo Williams, Dwight Perry, Joe Crawford, Ramon Harris, Mark Coury, Jared Carter and Patrick Patterson.


4. Rich Brooks was still coaching the football team (A few months after Ross-Miller’s commitment, Stevie got loose).


5. Derrick Character was on Louisville’s basketball team


6. L1C4 wasn’t a thing, yet.


7. Greg Oden was the #1 draft pick in the NBA…


8. Anthony Davis was still a guard… and looked like this…



9. K.C. Ross-Miller had this to say about his commitment to Kentucky, “I wouldn’t commit somewhere unless I was absolutely, 100 percent sure it was the right place for me. Kentucky was perfect.”

Sidenote: Ross-Miller has committed to the following schools throughout his career: Kentucky, LSU, New Orleans, New Mexico State, Auburn


10. Ross-Miller also had this to say about Gillispie during the recruiting process: “I know he can’t talk to me, and he told me that… But he gets his point across when we’re in the gym. There are winks that he gives me and stuff like that.”



11. The following songs topped the Billboard charts: Irreplaceable by Beyonce (coincidence?), Umbrella by Rihanna, The Sweet Escape by Gwen Stefani, Big Girls Don’t Cry by Fergie, Buy U A Drank by T-Pain (Billy G’s favorite)


12. Twitter had just been launched.


13. The iPhone was released by Apple.


14. Moms hadn’t invaded Facebook yet.


15. You could hear “15 seconds” without automatically assuming it was a Rick Pitino joke.


Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

11 Comments for Flashback: Things that were happening when K.C. Ross-Miller committed to Kentucky

  1. Tubby Tubby Tubby
    9:45 pm May 21, 2014 Permalink

    Billy G was a mistake, but just take a look at the level of talent he inherited. Tubby had pretty much thrown in towel on competing with the other “big-time” programs.

    • Billy Billy Billy
      12:10 am May 22, 2014 Permalink

      That roster wasn’t nearly as bad as you’re implying. It certainly wasn’t one of our strongest but in no way, shape or form can 2007 be blamed on Tubby.

  2. ukmoxie
    9:57 pm May 21, 2014 Permalink

    I’m all for a good dig, but can we leave this kid alone now? No reason to pile on.

    • Putting the ass in class
      12:17 am May 22, 2014 Permalink

      There never was a reason to take shots at the kid in the first place. It’s childish and unfair. KSR writers need to focus on the problem during those years, Gillispie. Even if they say it’s just a fun look back and a “where were you when” it’s already been covered and as always instead of letting it go they choose to pound that passed away pony into purée. I mean how many times can we hear the 15 seconds joke? At this point 15 seconds represents the amount of time that passes between 15 second jokes on this site.

  3. UKgrad'13
    10:16 pm May 21, 2014 Permalink

    #13 is spot on. I’m 25, got off Facebook a couple years ago and now my mom spends all day on it.

    • UKgrad'13
      10:17 pm May 21, 2014 Permalink


  4. Mateotemprano
    10:21 pm May 21, 2014 Permalink

    Billy G. originated creepy recruiting. Tom Crean perfected it.

    10:42 pm May 21, 2014 Permalink

    I still make Pitino jokes anytime someone mentions anything that happens quickly.

  6. gary
    11:07 pm May 21, 2014 Permalink

    A Davis looked like Steve Urkel back then

  7. twnky
    8:31 am May 22, 2014 Permalink

    Thank god for coach Cal.