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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: In Case You Weren’t Aware……


I’m not going to shock you in saying that John Calipari’s reliance on freshman during his years here at Kentucky has been really the defining characteristic of his tenure.  And while that has had certain drawbacks it has been far more highly successful than anything Tubby or Billy would have done and frankly more successful than anybody else in college basketball.  But seeing as this fanbase is so invested in our records and legacy, I thought it could be a good time to just show how much the freshman record books have changed under John Calipari.  It truly is amazing:

Freshman Points Pre-Calipari
1. Rex Chapman: 464 points
2. Chris Mills: 459 points
3. Sam Bowie: 440 points

Freshman Points Post-Calipari
1-15. Monk, Murray, Knight, Wall, Fox, Randle, Jones, Cousins, Young, Davis, Aa.Harrison, Adebayo, MKG, Lamb, Goodwin
16. Rex Chapman
17. Chris Mills
18. Sam Bowie

Freshman Rebounds Pre-Calipari
1. Chris Mills: 277 rebounds
2. Sam Bowie: 276 rebounds
3. Rick Robey: 214 rebounds

Freshman Rebounds Post-Calipari
1-6: Randle, Davis, Cousins, Jones, Adebayo, MKG
7. Chris Mills
8. Sam Bowie
9. Karl Towns
10. Nerlens Noel
11. Rick Robey

Freshman Assists Pre-Calipari
1. Dirk Minnefield: 126 assists
2. Rajon Rondo: 118 assists
3. Rex Chapman: 103 assists

Freshman Assists Post-Calipari
1-6. Wall, Teague, Fox, Knight, An.Harrison, Ulis
7. Dirk Minnifield
8. Rajon Rondo
9. Isaiah Briscoe
10. Eric Bledsoe
11. Rex Chapman

Article written by Bryan the Intern

8 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: In Case You Weren’t Aware……

  1. RealCatsFan
    8:43 am April 17, 2017 Permalink

    Impressive indeed, but also keep in mind that modern seasons usually have a substantial increase in games played. Also, many of the greats of old played when there was no 3 pt shot and no freshmen eligibility. But still, what a great group of young players we have been able to watch under Cal. Just wish we would could keep them a little longer.

    • Mathlete
      11:19 am April 17, 2017 Permalink

      Until 1972 freshmen weren’t even allowed to play NCAA varsity games, so the early legends had zeroes in all stats their freshman year.

      Then again, before the NBA made kids wait a year after high school the elite players all skipped the NCAA for the draft anyway so in some ways the comparisons aren’t apples to apples anyway.

  2. Wildcatbb89
    9:55 am April 17, 2017 Permalink

    I think we too easily forget the team that Tubby put together with Rondo, Morris, Crawford, and Bradley. That was a Calipari level team very close to making a Final Four. How do we forget those guys when we talk about pre-Cal freshmen?

    • bdmnky81
      10:35 am April 17, 2017 Permalink

      Speaking for myself, I dont really think of that team in a positive light because it seemed like rondo and morris really werent interested in being at UK. Ramel and Joe eventually grew into 2 of my favorites all time but when that team was playing, i didnt even care to watch the games because of the body language. Just radio by the end of the season.

    • RealCatsFan
      11:37 am April 17, 2017 Permalink

      I think the 2003 team that had Fitch, Daniels, Bogans, Hawkins,, was better. That team, in the words of one sports writer, would “steal your manhood”. I remember them blowing Florida out in Gainsville, and Fitch and Bogans popping their jerseys at the Gator student section as the clock wound down. Pure swag, and I loved every minute of it. That was one of the best interior passing teams I have ever seen at UK. I think if Bogans doesn’t get hurt against Wisconsin, they had a legitimate chance to get past Wade and Marquette and win the championship. Didn’t that team do a clean sweep of the SEC regular season and tournament?

    • Wildcatbb89
      1:19 pm April 17, 2017 Permalink

      Agreed bdmnky81, but guys like Sparks made up for that and still nearly got us to a Final Four that year, were it not for a double OT loss to Michigan State.

  3. Bluebloodtoo
    11:01 am April 17, 2017 Permalink

    Hey, look at that! BTI did an entire post without calling anyone a name! Nice job BTI!

  4. catdaddyd
    3:13 pm April 17, 2017 Permalink

    It’s hard to compare pre shot clock or even when the shot clock was 45 or 35 seconds instead of 30. Not as many possessions per game hence less chance to grab more rebounds, take more shots, etc. They also called traveling and palming/carrying the ball more back in the day. Also they give stats more freely, the other day I saw Zack Randolph get hit in the head from a bad shot and it bounced to a teammate and the announcer said that will give Zack his 10th rebound and # double double of the year.