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Let’s meet the Kentucky State Thorobreds

Tonight, the Kentucky State Thorobreds will make the 45-minute drive to Rupp Arena to face your Kentucky Wildcats, only the second meeting between the two schools. Kentucky won the first meeting back in 2001, but quite a few things have changed since then. Let’s get to know the starting lineup…

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#0 DORIAN JORDAN
G, 5’8″, Sophomore; 3 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 4.3 apg

Jordan is a redshirt sophomore from Cincinnati. He led the team in assists and steals last season.

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#3 TRYSTON FORD
G, 5’9″, Senior; 7.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 0.9 apg

Ford is a Danville native, a two-sport star for the Admirals and the latest in a line of really talented athletes in the Ford family. For that reason, he will be my favorite player on the court not in a UK jersey.

Be honest: if you had the chance, wouldn’t you pose for a photo on the Rupp floor too?

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#4 MALCOLM SMITH
G, 6’2″, Sophomore; 12.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 0.9 apg

Smith is the Thorobreds’ leading scorer after averaging 12.5 points per game last season. He was selected to the preseason All-SIAC Team this year and, when he’s not playing against guys 6’9″, 6’8″, etc., can be a scoring threat down low as well as from the outside. If you’re looking to shut a guy down, this is it.

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#12 JULIUS BARTON
C, 6’8″, Junior; 4.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 0.2 apg

At 6’8″, Barton is the only player on the team taller than 6’4″, which isn’t saying a lot when you consider who they’re playing. A preview of tonight’s battle in the paint:

#32 WILLIAM BRYANT
F, 6’4″, Sophomore; No stats available

Bryant is a redshirt sophomore that hails from Kaskaskia (bless you!) Community College in Illinois. He’s a Louisville native that, in his short time at Kentucky State, has grown an impressive beard:

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He was elected Principal Chief of the Choctaw Tribe in 1870 and—oh wait. Wrong William Bryant.

HEAD COACH: Darnell Williams

Williams was an assistant coach at Kentucky State for three years before getting promoted to the head honcho before this season. He’ll make his head coaching debut tonight, and what a place to make it:

He and his boys are making the most of a very cool experience:

Can you blame them? Still, Cats by 50.

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.

1 Comment for Let’s meet the Kentucky State Thorobreds



  1. eyebleedblue
    4:58 pm November 6, 2015 Permalink

    That’s a team I can pull for the other 364 days of the year