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“Wildcat Legends” to honor Dan Issel


OK, BBN — it’s back!  Now in its third year, the popular “Wildcat Legends” Fine Art Series by artist David Bryan Blondell will unveil a new tribute print over the Thanksgiving holiday, when 2-time Kentucky All-American & All-time Leading Scorer & Rebounder, Dan Issel, will be on hand to autograph his new art print for fans.

Due to his popularity, Issel’s “Art Release Ceremony” will be actually be held TWICE next week, the first on Wednesday, November 23rd, and the second on Friday, November 25th.  Both events will be hosted at Your Frame Of Mind Galleries on the first level of the Rupp Arena/Lexington Center mall in the foodcourt, immediately before the UK game that day (Wednesday’s event is at 11:00 am — 12:30 pm, before the 1:00 pm game; Friday’s event is at 5:00 pm — 6:30 pm, before the 7:00 pm game).  Dan and the artist will be on hand to autograph this beautiful new print of him for all fans, regardless if they have tickets for the games or not.  Total price of the print will be $45 including both signatures.

A two-time All-American who led his team to 3 consecutive SEC championships in the late 1960’s, Issel is UK’s all-time career points leader with 2,138 — which occurred over just 3 seasons in the Pre-Shot Clock & Pre-3-Point-Line era. In addition and equally impressive, Issel is also the school’s leading rebounder with 1,078. The Illinois native and former Kentucky Colonel and Denver Nuggets legend & head coach is one of our most beloved stars.

Dan is looking forward to seeing the fans again at the events.  “I am excited and honored to be a member of the ‘Wildcat Legends’ Fine Art Series,” Issel said.  “Having seen and enjoyed the artwork for the previous Honorees, I’m sure these prints will be coveted by our incredible fan base that makes Kentucky basketball so special.”

Featured “Wildcat Legends” from the initial 2 seasons are Mike Pratt, Tony Delk, Kevin Grevey, Jack Givens,  Kenny Walker, and Coach Joe B. Hall.

“Wildcat Legends” is a collectible series of Fine Art prints from original, individual player paintings by national sports artist and Kentucky native David Bryan Blondell, honoring living UK stars from the 60’s through the 90’s.  Each star’s individual art print features a compilation of action poses of him during his time in the Big Blue uniform.  Fans may choose to collect any one or all.

Reasonably-priced at $45 signed ($30 unsigned), the 11” X 17” high-quality Limited Edition fine art prints will be numbered and signed by Issel; only 500 commemorative prints of him will be produced.

Brought to you by “Your Frame of Mind Galleries” and “Kennedy Bookstore” in Lexington, get additional details and upcoming release dates on their websites: or or on their Facebook pages:  or   All the prints from the “Wildcat Legends” series are available EXCLUSIVELY at theses two venues.  — See you next week!

Article written by S. Whitman

4 Comments for “Wildcat Legends” to honor Dan Issel

  1. taylorsvillecat
    11:22 am November 17, 2016 Permalink

    I was on a Southwest plane with Issel last month. Texted my family before takeoff, and my brother responded “best head fake in the history of the game.” At baggage claim, went up and shook his hand (not too overly fanboy), passing on the compliment. J. Bruce Miller was with him, and he said “Jabbar agrees.”

  2. jonthes
    2:58 pm November 17, 2016 Permalink

    Issel’s teams were my first teams, and he had this remarkable ability to score either inside or out or getting fouled, almost every possession. I got into it with Oscar Combs who claimed Maravich was the best SEC player of that era – Issel was second in POY voting as a senior (losing to Bob Lanier), and won all the awards over Maravich for good reason. He played defense too, and was a team player – ask Pratt. Maravich, who I saw three times live, was one on four with Harlem Globetrotter skills but not real basketball. LSU did nothing his three years. Issel just missed the FF every year, the last fouling out on a terrible trick charging call after he made a basket in the EE against Jacksonville. The rule was changed because of that call.
    Issel is also one of the very top scorers in the history of pro basketball – the NBA refused to recognize his ABA points, so never made the all-time lists as he should. Played in Denver, which was never televised. The greatest underrated player in bball history.

    • jonthes
      2:59 pm November 17, 2016 Permalink

      – one of five – correction. His father let him play that way.

    • jonthes
      2:59 pm November 17, 2016 Permalink

      – one on five –