For the entire Big Blue Nation, we saw a lot of good things occur in the 2018-2019 athletic calendar. The football team went on a remarkable run recording 10 wins, ending the Florida streak, and beating Penn State on New Year’s Day in the Citrus Bowl. The basketball squad recorded 30 wins and were just one made shot away from the Final Four. Abbey Cheek balled out on the softball diamond and many others had spectacular seasons.
To put a cap on this great year, Kentucky players were the center of attention in each major professional sports draft this spring. From April until the end of June, we saw Kentucky athletes in every major sport getting their named called in the first-round.
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It started with Josh Allen in Nashville when the Jacksonville Jaguars called his name with the No. 7 overall pick. Then at the MLB Draft, the St. Louis Cardinals selected starting left-handed pitcher Zack Thompson with No. 19 overall pick. Then last night, the Wildcats had three first-round selections for the fifth time this decade under John Calipari. That’s cleaning house.
It’s come to be expected from the men’s basketball squad, but this spring it was nice to see the football team and baseball club get in on the action. Josh Allen had a historic season and will soon have his jersey retired at Kroger Field. You could argue the Jags got a steal with him at No. 7. Despite an ugly season for the Wildcats on the baseball diamond, Zack Thompson balled out all year and the Indiana native will have a great chance to make the bigs as he advances through the Cardinals’ farm system.
It was another solid season for the athletic squads at the University of Kentucky and it was good to see these guys accomplish their dreams and make it to the professional ranks. However, with a bunch of talent returning to each squad, this time next year we should see UK be well represented again.