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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Will Wiltjer Become Best Player to Transfer From UK?

You might have heard on the radio show last week a bunch of talk about Kyle Wiltjer and just where he ranks on the all-time UK Transfer list.  Wiltjer might certainly be the most loved player to transfer from the school, but was he the most productive is his post-UK career?  To be honest, since the mid-1990’s, there haven’t been a ton of transfers from Kentucky.  But below are the transfers to other Division-1 programs that I think people would remember:

Ryan Harrow (Georgia St.)
13-14: 17.8 ppg, 4.2 apg
14-15: 18.3 ppg, 3.5 apg

Kyle Wiltjer (Gonzaga)
14-15: 16.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg

Stacey Poole Jr. (Georgia Tech)
12-13: 1.5 ppg, 1.6 rpg
13-14: 3.4 ppg, 1.0 rpg

Kevin Galloway (Texas Southern)
10-11: 10.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 6.3 apg

Derrick Jasper (UNLV)
09-10: 6.7 ppg, 2.7 apg
10-11: 5.1 ppg, 1.8 apg

Alex Legion (Illinois/Florida International)
08-09: 3.5 ppg, 28.9 FG%
09-10: 2.7 ppg, 29.7 FG%
10-11: 13.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg

Rashaad Carruth (Southern Miss/Oklahoma)
04-05: 13.4 ppg, 36.0% 3P

Marvin Stone (Louisville)
02-03: 10.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg

Michael Bradley (Villanova)
00-01: 20.8 ppg, 9.8 rpg

Myron Anthony (TCU)
99-00: 10.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg
00-01: 14.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg

Rod Rhodes (USC)
95-96: 14.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg

For my money, the best player of this bunch was Rod Rhodes.  Despite not playing his final season, Rhodes is still 41st in school history in scoring.  Rhodes would have flirted with the Top 10 in that category if he had stayed his last season.  But, that last year would have been the 1996 season, meaning UK really didn’t NEED Rhodes.

Who knows how good Jasper would have been at Kentucky if Billy Gillispie had another year to abuse him, but I tend to think Jasper on that 2008-09 team would have at least gotten that team into the NCAA Tournament.  He would have started over Michael Porter, relieving some of the pressure off him.  I am also assuming Jasper’s knee would have held up.  But he showed at UNLV to still be a serviceable player, and think he could have become a key player on Gillispie’s last team or Calipari’s first.

And Wiltjer might be on some All-American teams this upcoming season, so there is an argument to be made there that he had the most impact after transferring from Kentucky.  But we’ll have to see how that season plays out for him.

What is your pick from the list above?

Article written by Bryan the Intern

23 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Will Wiltjer Become Best Player to Transfer From UK?

  1. Bill G
    9:17 am August 10, 2015 Permalink

    Dont forget about AJ Stewart

  2. warrior
    9:38 am August 10, 2015 Permalink

    Do not forget Bobby Boy Burrow. Thus sayeth the warrior.

  3. Jameses
    9:41 am August 10, 2015 Permalink

    I would also put Chris Mills (Arizona) and LeRon Ellis (Syracuse) on this list. Mills went on to a pretty decent NBA career.

  4. Blue
    9:46 am August 10, 2015 Permalink

    If you’re basing it on numbers, it’s Michael Bradley, and it isn’t close. The dude almost averaged a double-double at Villanova and was a consensus 2nd-team All-American. He never quite lived up to the expectations at Kentucky (I partially blame Tubby), but he was fantastic at Villanova.

    • Leuther
      7:01 pm August 10, 2015 Permalink

      Bradley – no doubt…

  5. Kim
    9:46 am August 10, 2015 Permalink

    Bryan, research Dwight Anderson. He was the most dominant talent of his time. Personal problems kept him from being Dr. J’s successor, but everyone knew he could have been.

    As a freshman he was responsible for the most exciting UK comeback I’ve ever seen. Embarrassingly, I can’t remember who the team was, so maybe someone else can provide that info. I’d love to find that game on YouTube to see if is was like I remember seeing it as a child.

    • UKBlue1!
      9:58 am August 10, 2015 Permalink

      You are right. One of the best talents to ever step foot on the UK campus.

    • Bluegrassrebel
      3:25 pm August 10, 2015 Permalink

      I’m fairly sure it was against Arkansas. Th only time I had lower level seats at the time. I remember actually getting up to leave, asduming a comeback was hopeless, at least three times. Each time, DA would do something that caused me to sit back down. Helluva comeback!

    • dsparklender
      7:23 am August 11, 2015 Permalink

      it was against Kansas and their All American point Guard Darnell Valentine..although Kyle Macy had something to do with the comeback as well,Dwight was the player that led it. Too bad he reportedly loved the “snow” more than basketball

  6. catlanta fan
    10:04 am August 10, 2015 Permalink

    Wiltjer wasn’t more productive than Michael Bradley!

  7. somerset bill
    10:34 am August 10, 2015 Permalink

    my vote goes to mills or bradley.

    i was ready for rhodes to move on when he did. i watched him a lot like i watched archie goodwin–with a sense of dread and expecting the worst when he had the ball in his hands. three turnovers a game during his final season. add that to poor shooting, and just a general sense that the guy was snakebit and it made for one or two of the less enjoyable seasons to watch.

    • dsparklender
      7:31 am August 11, 2015 Permalink

      I still blame Pitino for leaving Rhodes in the game in the Elite Eight against UNC to shoot us completely out of game with Rhodes believing that it was him verses Stackhouse. Win that game and we may very well win the championship. 2nd worst decision by Pitino behind not the throw in at the end of the Laatner Game

  8. warrior
    10:38 am August 10, 2015 Permalink

    CORRECTION from the Warrior. Bobby Boy Burrow did not transfer. The transfer I ws thinking of was Bobby Boy Brannum. Sorry for the error. Thus sayeth the Warrior.

  9. nybrasky
    10:53 am August 10, 2015 Permalink

    Chris Mills & Rodrick Rhodes were the best in my lifetime as a UK fan. Michael Bradley is above Wiltjer as well.

  10. post
    10:58 am August 10, 2015 Permalink

    BTI with another article fail? This never happens

  11. Kevin
    11:02 am August 10, 2015 Permalink

    top 5 in order are
    Michael bradley
    Rod rhodes
    Kyle wilcher
    Rashard carruth
    Derrick jasper

    • Jesus Effin' Facepalming Christ
      12:24 pm August 10, 2015 Permalink

      Wiltjer. Its WilTJer. Did you not ever read his name anywhere, or see the back of his jersey at all? Its spelled 9 times on this page alone.

  12. catdaddyd
    11:33 am August 10, 2015 Permalink

    The only list Rhodes would make is my happy list on the day he left. Irving Thomas transferred and became a 1st round draft pick and NBA champion with the Lakers.

  13. Ryan
    1:41 pm August 10, 2015 Permalink

    What about Hogan that went to Iowa.

  14. Ken Grizzle
    2:14 pm August 10, 2015 Permalink

    Kyle Wiltjer-hands down is the best TO ever transfer. He will also be the only one to transfer that I really missed. With him staying we win #9, IMO.

  15. bojangles
    2:53 pm August 10, 2015 Permalink

    Michael Bradley was a beast for Villanova. Wiltjer maybe has more pro potential, but he’ll never come close to the same numbers. Probably because Bradley was the go to guy for those NOVA teams, which were not great teams overall. Best player on a average team. He could have had a nice career as a 4 -year Cat though.

  16. Charlie Waite
    3:38 pm August 10, 2015 Permalink

    Desmond Allison went to Martin Methodist, not D-1, but he put up ridiculous numbers.

  17. The Professor
    4:55 pm August 10, 2015 Permalink

    Bob Tallent played for Rupp before transferring for his senior year to George Washington where he was named all-American after averaging 29 points per game, a school single season record.. After which he played in the ABA. Wiltjer is very talented offensively but could not guard a tree.