Kevin Knox was the star on the court in Kentucky’s first-round win over Davidson. But about 12 feet off the court, UK Band’s Hayden Hooper stole the show and was the star of the night.
Hayden Mania swept the nation when cameras caught him celebrating a Sacha Killeya-Jones dunk early in the second half. The sophomore baritonist flexed on ’em, then dabbed on ’em — and the internet immediately fell in love.
Chris Webber did, too. He shouted, “That’s how I feel when you see plays like that, baby!”
I caught up with Hayden after the game to ask him about his one shining moment. He told me, “I never knew it would get this famous. Some of the band guys and I were trying to be more active in the second half, because we knew the camera was coming to us every time after a foul. But the crazy thing is, my friends that know me know that’s a regular thing during a UK game, regardless of the opponent.”
“I am just cheering for my team, my way,” he said.
And for the record, it’s not the first time he’s gone mad after a Killeya-Jones dunk. We caught him flexing after the dunk that sealed the SEC Championship last weekend.