There are many names of former Kentucky greats in the rafters at Rupp Arena, but in recent years, only a couple players have received such an honor.
Since the 1992 senior class was honored with their jerseys being retired, only Jamal Mashburn and Tony Delk have been recognized this way. Those are certainly deserving players, but since that time period, there are several other players that have strong arguments for being recognized.
Two of the most deserving, in my opinion, are Keith Bogans and Tayshaun Prince. Bogans and Prince were two of the first players that I have a great memory of, and many fans in their 20s probably would say the same thing.
Looking at their resumes, Bogans and Prince are two of the best to wear the Kentucky uniform within the last 20 years. They didn’t reach that elusive Final Four or win a title, which is probably the only reason we are having this conversation right now.
Then the debate gets interesting.
There isn’t a consensus that one-and-done players should have their jerseys retired, but I don’t believe that should be set in stone. For example, Anthony Davis. Davis put together one of the most incredible seasons in program history and led his team to a national title as a freshman. That has to count for something.
Over at Kentucky Sports Radio, one of the writers contends that John Wall is a no-brainer, and I don’t disagree, but I think Wall is a bit of a harder sell for some people. Part of Wall’s case is based on the cultural impact, which shouldn’t be ignored. I would put Wall up there, but I recognize others might be hesitant.
KSR has some other possibilities for jersey retirement, but let’s use this as a topic to discuss. Which recent Kentucky players would you put in the rafters? Let’s hear it.
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