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Kentucky Wildcats Post-1977 All Final Four Team -- Off Guards

As with most positions in this All Final Four Team, the candidates for off-guards, also known as the shooting guard or the 2-guard are outstanding, and many are UK legends. They are:

1978: Truman Claytor. Claytor was the forgotten man on the 1978 team that made the Final Four and went on to win the 1978 NCAA Tournament. Claytor never managed to average double digits, but he was an excellent and flexible defender as well as a good perimeter shooter. His role on this particular team was to provide an outside threat when the opponent tried to sag into the paint to keep the ball out of the hands of Mike Phillips and Rick Roby. Claytor was drafted in the 6th round of the 1979 NBA Draft as the 111th pick by the Detroit Pistons.

1984: Jim Master. Master was a deadly perimeter sniper for the 1984 Final Four team. Master's game was reminiscent of Kyle Macy absent the passing and point guard skills. Master was Mr. Basketball in Indiana in 1980, as well as a McDonalds and Parade All-American. Master was always a threat to score, but the Kentucky teams of this day, like 1978, did most of their damage inside. Master was drafted in the 6th round of the 1984 NBA Draft as the 127th pick by the Atlanta Hawks.

1993: Dale Brown. Dale Brown was a junior college transfer from Gulf Coast Community College in Mississippi. Brown was a solid perimeter shooter, but his calling card for Rick Pitino's first Kentucky Final Four team was defense. In 1993, Brown was a 34% 3-point shooter and a lock-down defender.

1996: Tony Delk. There are probably no Kentucky fans reading this who are unfamiliar with Tony Delk's heroics. Delk was a McDonalds and Parade All-American and Mr. Basketball from Brownsville, TN. Delk was a 3-year starter from Kentucky and was drafted #16 overall in the 1996 NBA draft by the Charlotte Hornets, and had one of the best games of his career versus Syracuse in the 1996 NCAA Tournament Championship game against the Syracuse Orange. Delk was the Most Outstanding Player of the 1996 Final Four.

1997: Wayne Turner. Remarkably, the point guard for the 1998 team was the "other" starting guard for the 1997 Wildcats besides Anthony Epps. It's hard to really say between these two who was the point and who was the shooting guard, but Epps initiated the offense the most, as the veteran point guard from the 1996 championship team. Turner was a McDonalds and Parade All American, as well all-Regional in 1997. Turner was undrafted after his UK career but did play one year for Rick Pitino in Boston. Turner was mainly a defensive player in 1997.

1998: Jeff Sheppard. This is another player who probably needs no introduction. Sheppard was a Parade All American from Peachtree City, Georgia. He had to redshirt the 1996-97 season due to injury, but came back to lead the 1998 Wildcats, coach Tubby Smith's first UK team, to the NCAA Championship and was the MOP of the 1998 Final Four. Sheppard was undrafted, but he went on to play for 1 year for the NBA's Atlanta Hawks.

2011: DeAndre Liggins. This was a tough spot to call for the 2011 Wildcats, because Darius Miller and Liggins were essentially interchangeable at the 2 spot. Because Miller guarded the 3-spot more due to his size, I consider the smaller Liggins as the off guard for this group.

Liggins came to Kentucky as an oversized point guard, but after famously struggling with head coach Billy Gillispie, who recruited him, Liggins came into his own for coach John Calipari. In his Final Four season, Liggins was recognized as one of the best defenders in college basketball by every credible media member and organization. Liggins was also a solid perimeter scorer, shooting 39% from the arc his junior season, which was also his last. Liggins was drafted #53 by the Orlando Magic in the 2011 NBA draft.

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