Welcome to another review of the 2016-17 Kentucky Basketball team. Today we’ll kill three birds with one stone as we look at the walk-ons returning from last year. Let’s start with the less famous, but just as important players.
Before we start, we all know that walk-ons don’t get the respect they deserve. They don’t hardly get to play, but they go through the same grueling practices and conditioning that the future pro players go through. They bust their butt in practice and never take a day off. So, my hat is off to them.
#10 Jonny David (Junior)
Jonny enters into his junior year at UK. Jonny hails from Pittsburgh, PA. He has been on the SEC’s honor roll each of his two seasons. Last year he had a game high 5 points against Texas A&M. He only appeared in seven games for the Cats, but he is one of the biggest cheerleaders on the bench.
#30 Dillon Pulliam (RS Sophomore)
People may actually forget that Pulliam played extensively his freshman season. That season was playing for the Pioneers at Transylvania University up the street from Rupp Arena. After his freshman year he transferred to UK. Just as David, Pulliam made the SEC academic honor roll his first two years at UK. Last year he played in six games, but has yet to score. Lets see a blowout for Pulliam a chance to get his first points as a Cat.
#12 Brad Calipari (Sophomore)
Brad maybe a walk-on, but let’s not look past the fact he could’ve played somewhere, and probably seen significant minutes. Brad has chosen to hopefully follow in his Dad’s footsteps and be a basketball coach someday.
What better place to learn? Brad was able to enter 12 games last season, and entering the game makes momma Calipari happy. Also, the crowd gets to shout their loudest “SHOOT” chants of the night.
Oh, and one of the best moments of last season was Brad drilling a three while getting fouled and sending Rupp into a frenzy:
With all the flashy names coming to Kentucky this season, always steal a glance down to the end of the bench for these guys, as they are always cheering on their brothers, and have worked just as hard as anyone to put themselves in a position to help at a moment’s notice.
Walk-ons, we salute you.