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UK Band Star: “I am just cheering for my team, my way”

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.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

10 Comments for UK Band Star: “I am just cheering for my team, my way”

  1. Zona’s gettin’ Buffaloed!!!

  2. plumloopy
    11:42 pm March 15, 2018 Permalink

    We need a AZ/Buff thread. AZ gave up at the 5 min mark. Their body language, slumped… not even pressing.

    This never seems to happen to us… an upset in our favor!!!

  3. Smyrna_Cat
    11:42 pm March 15, 2018 Permalink

    I like that guy!

  4. plumloopy
    11:47 pm March 15, 2018 Permalink

    Has a 14 an over seed won by such a huge margin in the past? This is an embarrassment!

  5. Wow man, wow. 89-68!

  6. antiquefurnitureandmidgets
    12:25 am March 16, 2018 Permalink

    I’m pretty sure that kid gets rowdy at the women’s games as well.

  7. ukcamel
    8:37 am March 16, 2018 Permalink

    This kid is awesome! Go Cats!

  8. DT in DC
    9:14 am March 16, 2018 Permalink

    I want to watch a game with this kid! CATS!