Wildcat Memories: Inside Stories from Kentucky Basketball Greats

Wildcat Memories: Inside Stories from Kentucky Basketball Greats


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Since the tenure of Coach Adolph Rupp, the University of Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team has been a virtual powerhouse, repeatedly dominating the Southeastern Conference and garnering eight national titles. UK basketball is a homegrown tradition for sports enthusiasts, fostering a community that thrives on the camaraderie of fandom and devotedly cheers for its players in both victory and defeat. The individuals who have coached, played for, and inspired the Wildcats are important figures in Kentucky history and continue to motivate future athletes and passionate fans.

Wildcat Memories illuminates the intimate connection between the UK basketball program and the commonwealth. Author Doug Brunk brings together some of the program's greatest coaches, players, and personalities to reflect on Kentuckians who provided inspiration, guidance, and moral support during their tenure as Wildcats. Featuring personal essays and behind-the-scenes stories from Kentucky legends Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones, Dan Issel, Joe B. Hall, Kyle Macy, and Tubby Smith, as well as newcomers Patrick Patterson, Darius Miller, and John Wall, this heartfelt collection shares an inside look at what makes UK basketball extraordinary.

More than a book of inspiring stories, Wildcat Memories is a fun romp through UK basketball history. In candid firsthand accounts, the players and coaches discuss their incredible Kentucky support systems and offer a glimpse into the rarely seen personal side of life as a Wildcat.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813147000
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 09/16/2014
Pages: 266
Sales rank: 1,216,675
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Doug Brunk is an award-winning journalist who has written hundreds of articles for trade and consumer publications.

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Introduction 1

I The 1920s-1950s

1 Basil Hayden 13

2 Wallace ("Wah Wah") Jones 19

3 Charles Martin ("C. M.") Newton 25

4 Cliff Hagan 33

5 Frank Ramsey 41

6 Ed Beck 47

7 Johnny Cox 55

II The 1960s-1970s

8 Charles ("Cotton") Nash 61

9 Larry Conley 67

10 Dan Issel 73

11 Joe B. Hall 81

12 Mike Pratt 89

13 Kevin Grevey 95

14 Jack ("Goose") Givens 103

15 Rick Robey 109

16 Kyle Macy 115

17 Derrick Hord 123

III The 1980s-1990s

18 Jim Master 131

19 Roger Harden 137

20 Deron Feldhaus 143

21 Travis Ford 149

22 Jared Prickett 155

23 JeffSheppard 161

24 Allen Edwards 169

25 Derek Anderson 175

26 Orlando ("Tubby") Smith 181

27 Marquis Estill 187

IV The 2000s-2010s

28 Chuck Hayes 195

29 Ravi Moss 201

30 Patrick Patterson 207

31 Darius Miller 213

32 John Wall 217

Acknowledgments 223

Author's Note 227

Notes 229

Index 233

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