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Kentucky Basketball Player Preview: The Walk-Ons

Jonny David, a freshman, and Dillon Pulliam, a sophomore transfer who will sit out the '15-'16 season, are both guards with long lists of basketball accomplishments preceding their UK campus arrivals.

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

#10 Jonny David (G)

Height: 6'2''

Weight: 175 pounds

High School: Mt. Lebanon (Pittsburgh)

Twitter: @jdavid010

Like most former high school standouts, Johnny David is best known as a scorer. David joined Kentucky after averaging 18.5 points per game in his senior year at Mt. Lebanon High School last year. He received all-state honors and led his team to a sectional championship. David was a 1,000-point scorer during his career and was a two-time all-section honoree.

David is also intelligent -- before deciding to walk on at Kentucky, he was considering matriculating to an Ivy or Patriot League school.

"I am thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the Kentucky basketball program," David said when he joined UK this summer. "I’m also very excited to be a part of the Big Blue Nation and can’t wait to see what the future holds for me and my teammates."

Here are some highlights of David in action:

#32 Dillon Pulliam (G)

Height: 6'3''

Weight: 180 pounds

Previous College: Transylvania (Lexington)

Twitter: @DPull3

Dillon Pulliam is actually a transfer from Transylvania University. The 6-3 sophomore guard played in 25 games for the Pioneers while averaging 4.8 points and 3.4 rebounds per game last year for the Pioneers.  Hailing from Harrison County, Pulliam made the All-10th Region Team thrice during his high school career, was named the District Tournament MVP and was a member of the school's 1,000 point club.

"I’m excited to be a part of the UK basketball program and have the opportunity to play with other talented players under a great coaching staff," Pulliam said of coming to UK. "Growing up in the state of Kentucky, I know how awesome Big Blue Nation is and I can’t wait for the season to start."

Pulliam finished his career at Harrison County fifth in scoring, third in 3-point field goals and set a school record for most 3-point field goals made in a game with nine. Per NCAA transfer rules, Pulliam will sit out during the '15-'16 season.

Here are some highlights of Pulliam from his high school days:

*Note: EJ Floreal came to Kentucky as a walk-on, but was awarded a scholarship last season and is on scholarship this season as well.