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The Mount Rushmore of Big Stones

Well it’s the summer so that means it’s time for that time honored tradition of arguing over who would you want enshrined on the peak of Black Mountain. This year however instead of determining which players were the best centers or quickest passers I’m going to look at the players who stepped up in the biggest moments.¬† This year’s post season saw Aaron Harrison Step up time and time again to hit game winning shots. Those plays led his teammates to celebrate the size of his anatomy in the ultimate demonstration of if you’re winning, nothing else matters. So in honor of Mr. Harrison these are my picks for the Kentucky Wildcats Mount Rushmore of Big Stones:

Vernon Hatton

The legend who was Aaron Harrison before Aaron Harrison Sr. was even thought of. Vernon Hatton delivered several clutch moments en route to the 58 championship. First was the game against Temple in memorial that was sent to OT by Hatton’s 50-footer. They drove a golden spike into the floor to commemorate it. The two teams faced of again in the Final Four and Hatton was hero with a go ahead layup to win the game.

Sean Woods

Sean Woods’ shot against Duke may not be remembered as fondly due to the ending of the game but it was still a clutch moment. Woods drilled the with two dudes guarding him to nearly take down the behemoth known as 92 Duke and cement the legacy of the Unforgettables. Kentucky, coming off probation, should have had no business even being in the the game so the whole team showed the had some stones. Woods taking the shot showed he had the biggest.

Patrick Sparks

Patty, won’t you take down to Muhlenberg County? The homegrown kid may have not been the fastest, tallest, or most athletic but he was certainly one of the most clutch. If the Cats needed a trey-ball then you knew Sparks was going to get the look. He certainly did against Louisville and against Michigan State. Like Woods, had we won against the Spartans then Sparks’ shot would be even more celebrated than it already is. A clutch Kentuckian with some serious marbles.

Aaron Harrison

In just one season Aaron has earned his place on Rushmore as one of the most clutch players in Kentucky history. How could he not with three of the biggest shots the school has seen all coming in the NCAA tournament. Even if he misses every shot he takes next season there has never been a player step up so big in the crunch time of games. Aaron  earned not only his spot in UK history but a wheelbarrow to carry himself out of Dallas.

So what do you think? Who else should be on the face of Mount Clutchmore? Scott Padgett? Brandon Knight? Epps? Brassow? Leave your four in the comment below.

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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41 Comments for The Mount Rushmore of Big Stones

  1. rnet
    9:34 pm May 6, 2014 Permalink

    why does this post have a pic of mt Rushmore with pitino on it??

  2. msnthrop
    9:38 pm May 6, 2014 Permalink

    Clutch = doing something your expected to do at a moment when you need to do it.

    Who expected AH to make those shots? What is a better word for expected in the context of the meaning of the word clutch??

  3. Lexington 3
    9:47 pm May 6, 2014 Permalink

    Pitino’s stones shrunk down to marbles against Duke in ’92. He had the entire team too scared to play defense on that final play. That is the truth.

  4. Mr Bloopy
    9:49 pm May 6, 2014 Permalink

    Cameron Mills hit some big shots in his days to keep us in tourney games.

  5. Dan
    9:58 pm May 6, 2014 Permalink

    Tayshaun was always cool in the clutch

  6. John
    9:58 pm May 6, 2014 Permalink

    Proofread… Please!

    • These writers are a JOKE
      10:11 pm May 6, 2014 Permalink

      No kidding! My second grade son has better punctuation/grammar skills. I guess he should write for this blog, eh?

    • Steady
      6:39 am May 7, 2014 Permalink

      Thanks, I thought I was drunk.

    • Musehobo
      7:19 am May 7, 2014 Permalink

      Noticed at least 9 missing commas. There are probably more. This is bad.

  7. Blueirishman
    9:59 pm May 6, 2014 Permalink

    If the game was on the line, John Wall would be the guy I would want to have the ball

    • Are you Serious?
      10:08 pm May 6, 2014 Permalink


      Under what basis would you want John Wall w/ the ball w/ the game on the line? The first game he ever played in where he hit a game winner against St. Ritas or whoever the F we were playing and should have been blowing out? Explain yourself!

    • Okolona
      10:23 pm May 6, 2014 Permalink

      Nice St.Rita reference

  8. Beavis
    10:05 pm May 6, 2014 Permalink

    My a$$hole belongs on Mount Clutchmore, since that’s exactly what it did every time James Young passed the ball.

  9. Elwood Blues
    10:06 pm May 6, 2014 Permalink

    1. That picture makes no sense.
    2. Brandon Knight?

    • Are you Serious?
      10:09 pm May 6, 2014 Permalink

      Elwood Blues-

      Any recollection of the UK vs. the #1 team in the tourney in Ohio St? You remember that game at all? That’s right shutup!

    • Elwood Blues
      11:21 pm May 6, 2014 Permalink

      That was before I saw his name mentioned in the fine print you redneck jabroni.

  10. AlumniGym
    10:06 pm May 6, 2014 Permalink

    If I’m not mistaken, Vernon Hatton’s shot was made in the old Alumni Gym.

    • Chaz
      10:24 pm May 6, 2014 Permalink

      Good comment. I didn’t know so I looked up some history:

      from –
      >> Alumni Gymnasium is on the corner of South Limestone Street and Avenue of Champions (Euclid Avenue) next to the Student Center. It includes recreation facilities and offices.

      Alumni Gym opened in 1924 in what had been the site of a lake and swamp on the edge of campus. With seating for 3,500 it could accommodate the entire student body with 1,500 seats left over. It was the home of the University’s basketball team until the construction of nearby Memorial Coliseum in 1950. <>Game Writeup – by Herb Good, Philadelphia Inquirer

      Hatton Knots 1st Extra Set on 47-Footer

      Wildcat Ace Tallies Last 6, But Rodgers, Brodsky High at 24

      LEXINGTON, Ky., Dec. 7 — Vern Hatton, 6-3 senior University of Kentucky backcourtman, pulled victory out of Temple University’s grasp by sinking a sensational 47-foot shot as the buzzer ended a five-minute overtime session tonight. But two additional extra periods were needed before Hatton finally was able to give the unbeaten Wildcats their third straight triumph, 85-83.

      Hatton scored the last six Kentucky points of the third overtime period to tip the scales in a super-duper thriller that was filled with such suspense that one of the 12,300 died from the excitement before it was over. Even so, Temple’s Mel Brodsky had a chance to extend the overtime, but missed a short side shot in the last furious seven seconds. <<

      Cats! Doing it for decades.

    • Chaz
      10:42 pm May 6, 2014 Permalink

      Sorry, in trying to quote sources I missed the dateline. The Temple game was on December 7, 1957 in Alumni Coliseum.

    • Turner the Burner
      8:28 am May 7, 2014 Permalink

      The shot happened in Memorial. There was a gold spike in the spot where he shot it until they redid the floor 6 or so years ago.

  11. Sean
    10:09 pm May 6, 2014 Permalink

    Jodie Meeks maybe?! I know he hit some big shot or a lot of shots period. Brandon knight and prince!!

    • Respectfully Disagree-er
      10:17 pm May 6, 2014 Permalink

      I love love love Jodie meeks and can only imagine how Cal’s first year would have ended if Jodie had come back. We certainly would’ve t bagged Huggy Bear and West VIRGINA (spelling intentional) However, I respectfully disagree and feel that Jodie wasn’t necessarily “clutch” (just my humble opinion). On a sidenote, I could watch that 54 pt performance against the Creamsicles from the south on their floor a million times and not be bored w/ it.

  12. KC
    10:26 pm May 6, 2014 Permalink

    How about AD (vs. UNC) or MKG (vs.. KU in Title game) on the defensive side of the ball?

  13. Okolona
    10:27 pm May 6, 2014 Permalink

    Jeff Shep, 00, Mash, Cam Mills,

  14. Matt Jones
    10:34 pm May 6, 2014 Permalink

    I like it when big stones are smacking my chin. Does that count?

  15. Uktailg8er
    10:37 pm May 6, 2014 Permalink

    Have to take Woods off the list simply for the fact he shot a two point layup as time expired against State in 91 when we were down 3. Still can’t get over that boneheaded play.

  16. WaltaFromTheAlta
    11:01 pm May 6, 2014 Permalink

    McCarty isn’t a bad choice. Walter was awesome!

  17. Sparrow911
    11:18 pm May 6, 2014 Permalink

    Good to see former Lawrenceburg mayor and Col. Sanders look-alike Bob Thompsom on Mt Rushmore…is that Mr Ed next to him?

    • Catpocaypse
      7:43 am May 7, 2014 Permalink

      Hah, I was thinking the same thing! Ole Bob from the Burg.

  18. Kentucky Gentleman
    11:44 pm May 6, 2014 Permalink

    1978 – Jack Givens – 41 points! The Goose was Golden!
    1996 – Tony Delk
    1998 – Jeff Sheppard
    2012 – Anthony Davis
    2013 – Tie between Coach Cal and Aaron Harrison

    My criteria is based on who helped UK the most in winning a National Championship game and hanging a new banner in Rupp Arena.

    I was born in the early 60’s so I do not know much about the great ball players who played for UK before 1960. I did hear the story many times from my parents, both UK graduates, about when Vernon Hatton hit that awesome shot and hammering in the nail into the floor in Alumni gym.

    Final thought. I have been extremely blessed to see the Cats win 4 NCAA titles in my lifetime.

  19. kentuckyjoe
    4:59 am May 7, 2014 Permalink

    I don’t think UK has ever had a clutch performer like AH. Sure, there have been other big shots that determined the outcome of big games but nothing like what AH did. It would have been nice to see what he could have done if UK had been down 2, with the ball, 2 seconds left, against UConn.

    Another name that needs mentioning, I believe, is Doron Lamb for the clutch threes he hit against Kansas just as Kansas was making a late run. Doron stopped them cold.

  20. Trinity45
    7:12 am May 7, 2014 Permalink

    Macy his senior year knocked down some big shots and everybody in the gym knew he was the player going to take the shot and they still could not stop him.

  21. Catpocaypse
    7:46 am May 7, 2014 Permalink

    Just think at how much better Kentucky would have been back in the Vernon Hatton days, if the teams didn’t have to play in the dark!

  22. arlo
    8:11 am May 7, 2014 Permalink

    1951 with score tied shelby linville hits a shot with seconds left against illinois in final four to send cats to championship game.

  23. asdf
    9:05 am May 7, 2014 Permalink

    Rex was always clutch. It seemed like his shooting percentage jumped from 40% to 90% in the last five minutes of a game. And it wasn’t at UK, but remember his amazing falling-out-of-bounds 35 footer in the playoffs at Phoenix late in his career. Still one of the best NBA buzzer beaters ever.

  24. asdf
    9:09 am May 7, 2014 Permalink

    Remember Roger Harden (another Kentucky McDonald’s All-American, incidentally) circa 1983? In the era before the three, he hit back-to-back game winners at LSU and (I think) Alabama. The LSU one was from half-court.

    • asdf
      9:13 am May 7, 2014 Permalink

      Typo correction. I meant 1986.

  25. Proof Read Please
    9:29 am May 7, 2014 Permalink

    Did you write this ten minutes ago? There’s hella typo’s. Not a big deal, but not a great look

  26. Jorge Pancho
    9:35 am May 7, 2014 Permalink

    I counted 7 grammatical errors, but there are likely more. Kudos to #6

  27. rockymtcat
    10:45 am May 7, 2014 Permalink

    roger harden was stone cold in the clutch. He was like bobby hurley in a cats uniform.

  28. UKBlue1!
    11:03 am May 7, 2014 Permalink

    My four based entirely on the NCAA tournament. 1 Jack Givens. 2. Tony Delk 3. Scott Padgett 4. Aaron Harrison (if UK would have won the title Aaron would have been #1)