In 2009 when John Calipari came to UK, the greatest players in UK history hadn’t been threatened for quite a while. But with this 6-year of incredible talent, I wonder if your ultimate UK Starting 5 has changed. I want to know who you would WANT on your starting 5. Whether it be because of a guy’s actual game or because you loved his effort. I am interested in how you would compose a starting 5 and what eras you would pull your players from. I am not looking for the best player at each position, but rather who you would want. Maybe that is the best 5, but for me it wouldn’t be that.
And I want 1 more thing from you: YOUR AGE. I am especially interested in if the older generation pulls guys from the 1950’s and 1960’s. You will notice no Dan Issel on my team. No Wah Wah Jones or Bill Spivey. I didn’t even come close to watching those guys, so I have no real love affair for them. But maybe fans in their 60’s do. So, give me your starting 5 and your age.
Here is my team:
POINT GUARD: John Wall
-An electric leader who could take over a game at any point. His talent was only half of his appeal as his personality brought the fans to a new level of excitement. Plus, unlike most stars, he enjoyed passing more than scoring, which is what I want in a point guard.
SHOOTING GUARD: Ron Mercer
-Maybe the best mid-range game of any UK player in my lifetime. Never saw a player able to stop Mercer on the offensive end. Was the only consensus 1st team All-American at UK from 1997 through 2010. Underrated defender.
SMALL FORWARD: Goose Givens
-Every team needs a star left hander. Clutch shooter. Versatile. Great rebounder for his size.
POWER FORWARD: Jamal Mashburn
-Undersized for this position but athleticism makes up for it. Purest scorer in UK in 30 years. Inside-out game makes him a mismatch at any position on the floor. Can handle himself on the boards against bigger power forwards.
CENTER: Anthony Davis
-He is going to go down as the best player to ever play at UK. He didn’t have the best career. That still goes to Issel. But Davis is the best talent to ever play at the school.