Former Kentucky Wildcats set a record on Monday night that you probably didn’t even know was tracked.
That said, seven players that spent some time in Lexington put up over 20 points per game each. What’s even more shocking is John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, and Karl-Anthony Towns, three of the most dominating former Cats of the last decade, were absent from the list.
Here’s who helped accomplish the record via StatsbySTATS Twitter.
Today 7 @KentuckyMBB players scored 20+ points in the NBA:— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) February 2, 2021
38: De'Aaron Fox
36: Malik Monk
25: Anthony Davis
25: Keldon Johnson
24: Devin Booker
23: Bam Adebayo
23: Julius Randle
That's the most 20-point games by players from any single college on any single day in NBA history.
The two more surprising players on that list are certainly Keldon Johnson and Malik Monk.
Monk dropped 36 points against the Heat, a team that’s supposed to be among the best defensive teams in the league. He’s averaging just 10 points per game and had yet to hit 20 points in a game this season.
Johnson has a similar story, as his Spurs have exceeded expectations, but he hasn’t necessarily been the team’s go-to scoring option. He put up 25 points in a 31-point loss to the Grizzlies.
As for the other five, they’re almost expected to score at least 20. Adebayo, Randle, Davis, Fox, and Booker are all responsible for helping captain a playoff-contending team.
That said, there were several potential Wildcats that didn’t even get included in the scoring feast, so it wouldn’t be shocking if this record was broken again at some point this season.
As mentioned, Wall and Towns could crack the list, but Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Tyler Herro, and PJ Washington are likely the three younger former Wildcats that could also easily put up 20.
While it’s a great record, it’s more so a showing of just dominant the Wildcats have been as a collegiate program in the last decade at producing some of the best basketball players this world has.