Now that UK’s basketball roster for next season is settled, the program’s highly touted group of incoming recruits have all announced which jersey numbers they’ll be wearing.
Point guard De’Aaron Fox will become the first Wildcats’ player to officially be listed as No. 0, which is the same number he wore on the AAU circuit.
Enes Kanter was No. 0 during his one year with the program, but Kanter was ruled ineligible by the NCAA and never actually played for the Cats. Departing player Marcus Lee wore No. 0 at one point this past season after a uniform mixup, but he was officially listed as No. 00 while at Kentucky.
Fox’s backcourt mate Malik Monk will be No. 5, the same number that both he and Fox wore in high school. Andrew Harrison most recently wore No. 5 for UK, and other famous Cats with that number have included Travis Ford and Wayne Turner.
Sacha Killeya-Jones will be the fourth player in four seasons to wear No. 1, following Skal Labissiere, Devin Booker and James Young, who all left UK’s program for the NBA Draft after one year on campus. Darius Miller was No. 1 for the Wildcats before that.
Bam Adebayo wore No. 13 in high school, but that number will already be spoken for with Wednesday’s news that Isaiah Briscoe is returning to UK for his sophomore season. Adebayo instead will be No. 3, the number most notably worn by Rex Chapman (and later Terrence Jones, Nerlens Noel and Tyler Ulis).
Incoming walk-on and coach’s son Brad Calipari will be No. 20 next season, which has also been worn by Doron Lamb, Jim Master, Jimmy Dan Conner, Dwane Casey and another UK coach’s son, Sean Sutton.
Those five players all announced their UK jersey numbers via social media Wednesday.
The other five-star recruit in UK’s class of 2016 — small forward Wenyen Gabriel — recently announced that he will wear No. 32 for the Wildcats.