The last decade was one for the record books for the Kentucky Wildcats on the hardwood.
Each year, John Calipari brought in one of the best recruiting classes in the country and that led to a lot of wins through the years, as well as a National Championship.
When we look at all the talented players who have come through the program under Cal, it can get tricky when trying to rank them.
Andy Wittry of NCAA.com decided to rank the top 11 players of the last decade for the Cats. This list only took in account what they accomplished while in college. It does not include their high school or professional careers.
As you would expect, Anthony Davis tops this list as the best player Kentucky had this decade.
“Davis was the centerpiece of Kentucky’s last national championship team, averaging a double-double at 14.2 points and 10.4 rebounds per game for the 2012 ‘Cats. He was a consensus First Team All-American and took home a handful of hardware – the AP, Naismith, Sporting News and Wooden national player of the year honors, among others, multiple defensive player of the year and freshman of the year honors, the Pete Newell Big Man Award and he was named the NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.”
Coming in at number two is a guy that got this decade started with a bang. John Wall was a superstar the moment he stepped on campus and was THE guy that made Kentucky basketball cool again.
“Wall was a consensus First Team All-American and he was named the USBWA’s Freshman of the Year after averaging 16.6 points, 6.5 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.
“On a Kentucky team with eight future NBA players, he led them all in scoring, helping Kentucky win the SEC East and the SEC Tournament, earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and advance to the Elite Eight.”
Davis and Wall were the easy number 1 and 2 guys for this list, so that shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.
The rest of the list is where everyone may, and probably do have differing opinions about who should be ranked where.
Here is the rest of Wittry’s top 11:
3. DeMarcus Cousins (2009-10)
4. Karl-Anthony Towns (2014-15)
5. Tyler Ulis (2014-16)
6. Malik Monk (2016-17)
7. Willie Cauley-Stein (2012-15)
8. Julius Randle (2013-14)
9. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (2011-12)
10. PJ Washington (2017-19)
11. Jamal Murray (2015-16)
Do you agree with Wittry’s top 11 Kentucky players from the 2010s?