UK recruiting quiz

June 16, 2013 

1: UK’s 2013 class includes a record six McDonald’s All-Americans, which increases the Cats’ number under John Calipari to an amazing 16. Which one of these Calipari recruits was not a McDonald’s All-American?

A) John Wall

B) DeMarcus Cousins

C) Doron Lamb

D) Marquis Teague

2: The Naismith High School Player of the Year Award has been given annually since 1987. Who is the only future UK player to earn the honor?

3: Derek Willis will wear No. 35 next season at Kentucky. Who was the last UK player to wear that number?

4: A freshman has led Kentucky in scoring in each of John Calipari’s four seasons as head coach. Which freshman has had the highest points-per-game average in that time?

5: The top eight players on UK’s freshman scoring list have played for John Calipari. Before Calipari’s arrival, who held the school record for most points by a freshman?

6: Dominique Hawkins will be a freshman at UK next season after winning Kentucky Mr. Basketball honors for Madison Central. Who was the last Mr. Basketball from an 11th Region school to play for UK?

7: Derek Willis was actually committed to another school before pledging to Kentucky. What was that school?

8: There are three players from Texas in UK’s recruiting class of 2013: Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison and Julius Randle. According to bigbluehistory.net  , only two other UK players have hailed from the Lone Star State. Who are they?

9: The Recruiting Services Consensus Index has calculated consensus rankings for every class dating to 1998. Before John Calipari arrived at UK, the Cats had never had a No. 1 overall RSCI prospect. But Tubby Smith did successfully recruit the No. 2 overall player one year. Who was it?

10: Julius Randle’s mother, Carolyn Kyles, accompanied her son on all of his official visits during the recruiting process, and every school along the way had her favorite kind of cake ready for her to sample. What kind of cake was it?

The answers

1: John Wall was considered by some analysts to be the No. 1 overall prospect in the class of 2009, but he was not a McDonald’s All-American. As a fifth-year player at Word of God Academy (N.C.), Wall was not eligible for the game.

2: Nashville native Ron Mercer was chosen as the Naismith High School Player of the Year following his senior season at Oak Hill Academy in 1995. Mercer scored 1,013 points in two seasons at UK under Coach Rick Pitino and was a member of the 1996 national championship team. He was selected with the No. 6 overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft.

3: Reggie Hanson wore No. 35 while playing four seasons under Eddie Sutton and Rick Pitino from 1987-91. Hanson finished his career with 1,167 points. The Somerset native returned to UK as an assistant coach under Tubby Smith.

4: Brandon Knight averaged 17.3 points during the 2010-11 season and led Kentucky to its first Final Four appearance in 13 years. Other freshmen that have led UK in scoring under Calipari include John Wall (16.6 ppg), Anthony Davis (14.2 ppg) and Archie Goodwin (14.1 ppg).

5: Rex Chapman scored 464 points (16.0 ppg) as a freshman during the 1986-87 season. The only other non-Calipari freshman to lead the Cats in scoring was Bob Brannum, who averaged 12.1 points during the 1943-44 season.

6: Dirk Minniefield won Mr. Basketball honors after leading Lafayette to a state championship in 1979. The McDonald’s All-American played four seasons for the Wildcats.

7: Willis committed to Purdue in April 2011 before decommitting from the Boilermakers less than four months later. UK immediately jumped into his recruitment and he committed to the Cats on Jan. 20, 2012.

8: Bob Burrow was a native of Wells, Texas and attended Lon Morris Junior College before leaving the state to play two seasons for Kentucky from 1954-56. Burrow was a two-time All-American at UK and his uniform is among those hanging from the Rupp Arena rafters.

Houston native Jeff Brassow played for the Wildcats from 1989-94. Brassow scored 807 points in his career and is probably best remembered for his tip-in at the buzzer to beat Arizona in the 1993 Maui Invitational.

9: DeMatha (Md.) standout Keith Bogans was considered the No. 2 overall prospect in the class of 1999. Bogans played four seasons at UK and completed his career as the fourth-leading scorer in school history behind Dan Issel, Kenny Walker and Jack Givens.

The No. 1 prospect that year was Donnell Harvey, who spent one year at Florida before playing parts of five seasons in the NBA.

10: Ms. Kyles is partial to red velvet cake, and the schools recruiting Julius Randle were sure to have some on hand. Randle said one of the best parts about his recruitment was seeing the royal treatment each school gave his mother.

“We kind of had a joke that the visits weren’t about me. It was all about her,” Randle told the Herald-Leader. “But I didn’t really care because she deserves it. That’s my rock. She’s done everything for me. ... I can’t say enough about the important role she’s played in my life.”

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