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KSR’s Kentucky Basketball End of Season Awards

Another season of Kentucky basketball is over, and although it didn’t end as we all had hoped, there were some fun moments. Before we move on to the 2018-19 squad, let’s honor this season’s best performances.


Best Single Game Performance: Wenyen Gabriel, SEC Tournament semifinal

Who would have predicted that Wenyen Gabriel would turn in the best three-point performance of the John Calipari era? Wenyen’s perfect 7-7 mark from beyond the arc vs. Georgia was an SEC Tournament record. Seeing Wenyen own the spotlight was easily one of the highlights of the season.

Runner up: Kevin Knox, West Virginia

Knox scored 34 points (19 in the second half) to lead Kentucky back from a 15-point halftime deficit to beat No. 7 West Virginia in Morgantown. Knox was 5-8 from three-point range and 7-8 from the free-throw line in a performance that showed just how dangerous Kentucky could be when he’s dialed in.

Best Face: PJ Washington

You know PJ Washington is feeling good when he puts on his mean mug. PJ’s stank face/snark — often accompanied by a flex — became his trademark in the last month of the season, with his teammates teasing that he even makes it in practice.

Runner up: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Shai is the captain of funny facial expressions, and this picture by our photographer Dr. Mike will go down as one of my all-time favorites.

Best Accessory: Quade Green’s glasses

After getting poked in the eye, Quade Green was forced to wear protective Oakleys, giving a young team a much-needed boost of swag and personality. Once Green’s eye healed, he stopped wearing them, which is truly unfortunate because they were awesome.

Runner up: John Calipari’s pullover

(Photo: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports)

Kentucky’s trip to Morgantown was fun for many reasons, one being seeing Calipari coach in a pullover instead of a suit, an homage to his friend Bob Huggins. Given Kentucky’s impressive comeback, maybe Cal should wear those more often.

Best Dunk: Hamidou Diallo vs. Buffalo

© Kyle Terada | USATSI

After struggling most of the season, Hamidou Diallo broke out in a big way in Kentucky’s win over Buffalo. This dunk says it all:

Runner up: Sacha Killeya-Jones vs. Davidson

Two days earlier, Sacha Killeya-Jones put the exclamation mark on a series of strong performances with this alley-oop from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, a dunk so good it made a Kentucky band member go viral:

Best Celebration: Hayden Hooper

You didn’t think that’s all we’d say about the flex and dab, did you? Hayden Hooper is a household name now thanks to his celebration after Sacha Killeya-Jones’ dunk. Thankfully, he’s only a sophomore.

Runner up: Shhhhhhhai Gilgeous-Alexander

Normally very reserved, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander couldn’t help but silence a pro-Buffalo crowd after a big three.

Best Game: Tennessee, SEC Championship

Kentucky’s win over Tennessee for the SEC Championship gets my nod for best game of the season. Not only did the Cats avenge their two losses to the Vols earlier that season, the win featured another monster performance from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who earned SEC Tournament MVP honors.

Runner up: Louisville

The West Virginia game was more entertaining, but beating your rival by 29 points always deserves a spot on lists like this.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

14 Comments for KSR’s Kentucky Basketball End of Season Awards

  1. Luether
    8:00 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    Best CHOKE when it counted the most:

    PJ Washington for missing 12 FTs in a 3 point loss to K St – knocking us out of the 2018 NCAA Tournament…

    • GM1978
      8:12 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

      I’ve heard that a couple times, and have to disagree—-he dominated that game in the post, and probably would’ve been a much worse outcome without him

    • dballrb
      12:03 am March 27, 2018 Permalink

      Ur getting a pair suddenly because Mack is ur teams coach..soon..I’d rather stay where I’m at if I where him,but to each there own..

    • runningunnin.454
      5:47 am March 27, 2018 Permalink

      This was supposed to be a fun article; and, the loser in comment No. 1 has to show his ignorance.
      Players don’t lose games…teams do. Team sport…get it?

    • Swizzle
      7:51 am March 27, 2018 Permalink

      That’s a team award, for pissing the bed vs a kstate team that is trash. And they still beat us

    • runningunnin.454
      8:06 am March 27, 2018 Permalink

      That trash KState team lost at Kansas by one point…you know, Kansas that just beat Puke, and is in the Final Four.

    • catsarerunnin
      8:11 am March 27, 2018 Permalink

      My sources tell me Luether and Slater are having a torrid affair.

  2. Alleykat16
    11:54 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    Got to disagree I think if we dont turn the ball over all night we win the game. Points on turnover was what killed us

  3. deazysUK
    1:04 am March 27, 2018 Permalink


  4. JTHinton
    7:41 am March 27, 2018 Permalink

    What killed us was Cal’s tech in the second half. I’m not blaming him, nor am I a “Cal needs to go troll” but he’s too experienced to make that mistake. That being said we did have the lead with a minute to go but we spent too much energy trying to tie the game and it caught up to us.

    • s49
      3:06 pm March 27, 2018 Permalink

      Tech wasn’t on Cal it was a Class B Tech which is why it was a 1 shot technical. It was called on the bench

  5. Dowser
    7:54 am March 27, 2018 Permalink

    7for7 vs Alabama

  6. empiremaker
    8:48 am March 27, 2018 Permalink

    to BBN @ SEC tourney.

  7. empiremaker
    8:49 am March 27, 2018 Permalink

    I’m still sad, not angry just sad.