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Samantha Drake will forego her senior season of UK Hoops

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A sad note from the UK Hoops family: Samantha Drake has decided not to play her senior season after tearing the ACL and meniscus in her left knee last November. She will instead focus on her academics and graduating in the spring. The former Nelson County star played in 88 games and started 23. She issued a statement thanking Mitch Barnhart, her team, and her coaches:

“I would like to thank Mr. Barnhart, all of my teammates and coaches for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this amazing women’s basketball program at UK,” Drake said. “I was given the chance to show my talent and be a part of a lot of success during my four years. Although I won’t be playing anymore, I’ll still be the biggest cheerleader for the team. I am going to turn my focus on academics and walking across that stage in May to receive my degree.”

Matthew Mitchell also issued a statement in support of Drake and her decision.

“We support Samantha and her decision to forego playing her senior year,” UK Hoops head coach Matthew Mitchell said. “Samantha contributed to so many victories during her career and we are grateful for her efforts. We will continue supporting her any way we can as she works toward graduation.”

Tough, tough news. Best of luck to her going forward.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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4 Comments for Samantha Drake will forego her senior season of UK Hoops



  1. Joe D.
    3:58 pm August 28, 2014 Permalink

    From a UK Hoops season ticket holder:
    Thanks, Samantha for your hard work and dedication over the years to help UK Hoops rise in prominence in Women’s college basketball.
    Was looking forward to seeing you make your comeback and continue to flourish in your Senior season on the court. Best wishes to you as you continue to pursue your academic goals and achieve your dreams.



    • Samantha Drake
      5:19 pm August 28, 2014 Permalink

      Preshade it, dude



  2. Muskrat Johnson
    6:05 pm August 28, 2014 Permalink

    She should be a model. She purdy



  3. Unboltedharp
    9:38 pm August 28, 2014 Permalink

    Thank you for your hard work! Best wishes getting your degree!! Thank you for wearing BLUE!!