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Three Kentucky players make ESPN’s Top 50 Seasons of the One-and-Done Era

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(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Kentucky has dominated the one-and-done era, but only three former Cats made ESPN’s list of the top 50 individual seasons in college basketball since the rule started impacting the sport in 2007. Just the top three of John Gasaway’s rankings will get people talking. He has Anthony Davis No. 3 behind…1. Zion Williamson and 2. Steph Curry.

“Name a greater individual season where the player in question averaged under 15 a game,” Gasaway writes of Davis. “Heck, Frank Kaminsky’s team averaged, what, six possessions a game, and even he scored 19 per contest. Davis rightly earned Wooden Award honors just the same as a game-altering defender who happened to play within a talented and balanced rotation on offense. The fact that he averaged less than two and a half fouls per 40 minutes despite the ‘historically outstanding shot-blocking freshman’ entry on his bio was a significant factor in UK’s national title.”

The rest of the top ten: Kevin Durant (Texas), Frank Kaminsky (Wisconsin), Kemba Walker (UConn), Buddy Hield (Oklahoma), Ty Lawson (UNC), Trae Young (Oklahoma), and Jimmer Fredette (BYU). The next Kentucky Wildcat on the list is John Wall at No. 13.

“He shot less than 33% on his 3s, but Wall was the high-velocity quartz movement for a 35-3 team that very easily could have won it all. The freshman recorded a 21-11 points-assists double-double in the third game of his career, and then proceeded to mix highlight-reel drives and dunks with deft lobs to DeMarcus Cousins at the rim all season long.”

Karl-Anthony Towns, who didn’t even lead the 2014-15 team in scoring, is No. 30. All three of Kentucky’s representatives were No. 1 picks in the NBA Draft, so it makes sense they’re on the list, but I think you can make a case for several more (DeMarcus Cousins, Brandon Knight, Malik Monk, maybe even Willie Cauley-Stein).

If you’ve got an ESPN Insider subscription, you can see the entire list at the link below.


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6 Comments for Three Kentucky players make ESPN’s Top 50 Seasons of the One-and-Done Era

  1. bigtaters6957
    12:16 pm June 18, 2020 Permalink

    Why does this site feel the need to post dumb articles from ESPN to generate them more clicks? Let them have their acc bias, they don’t need UK fans clicking and sharing.

  2. You Can Call Me Cal
    12:33 pm June 18, 2020 Permalink

    Was Derrick Rose on the list? His season was way more impressive than Steph Curry. Curry being #2 in general is real dumb

    • KentuckyBoy
      12:52 pm June 18, 2020 Permalink

      Yes. Yes it was. It’s almost like they didn’t watch these players in college. No one had more impact than AD. He is easily number one.

  3. Alex90
    12:33 pm June 18, 2020 Permalink

    How is Zion #1? He didn’t even play the entire season and didn’t lead his team to a final 4 even, no significant records broken…a lot of players had a better season than him and that’s not even debatable

  4. njcat
    9:55 pm June 18, 2020 Permalink

    Clear bias against one and done’s (except for their cash cow Zion). That’s why you see Curry #2 and Rose not even top 10. The guy was unstoppable.