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Former Kentucky stars Tony Delk, Jenny Hansen to have jerseys retired

Tony Delk with the championship trophy. 1996 NCAA Basketball Tournament Championship game April 1, 1996 in East Rutherford, N.J. UK defeats Syracuse 76-67. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff
Tony Delk with the championship trophy. 1996 NCAA Basketball Tournament Championship game April 1, 1996 in East Rutherford, N.J. UK defeats Syracuse 76-67. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

Two of the University of Kentucky's most accomplished athletes of the 1990s will have their jerseys retired by the school early next year.

Basketball sharpshooter Tony Delk and gymnastics standout Jenny Hansen will receive UK Athletics' highest honor during events to be held in February 2015, the school announced Thursday.

Delk becomes the 43rd retired jersey associated with men's basketball and Hansen is the first honoree in gymnastics. Delk and Hansen were elected to the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008 and 2006, respectively. They were elected for jersey retirement this year by a Hall of Fame subcommittee comprised of media, Hall of Fame representatives and athletics staff.

Hansen will be honored Feb. 20 at the UK gymnastics meet against Arkansas, and Delk will be recognized Feb. 21 at the men's basketball game versus Auburn.

Delk is the first basketball player to have his jersey retired since the UK Athletics Hall of Fame was started in 2005. At that time, UK created a five-year waiting period after leaving UK to gain eligibility for Hall of Fame inclusion. Once elected to the Hall of Fame, another five years must pass before eligibility for jersey retirement.

Delk, who played at Kentucky from 1993-96, was named Most Outstanding Player of the 1996 NCAA Final Four and the Midwest Regional in leading UK to the national championship.

Delk earned first-team All-America and SEC Player of the Year honors as a senior.

He led the Wildcats in scoring three straight years and remains UK's career leader in three-pointers (283), while ranking second in career steals (201) and fifth in scoring (1,890 points).

During his four years, Kentucky posted a 119-18 record and went to the NCAA Final Four twice, winning one national championship, two SEC championships, three SEC Eastern Division championships and three SEC Tournament titles.

Delk went on to play 10 seasons in the NBA.

Hansen, who was also at UK from 1993-96, was one of the most distinguished gymnastics athletes in NCAA history.

She broke three NCAA records, including: eight individual national titles; four titles in one year (1995: all-around, floor exercise, balance beam, vault); and three all-around championships (1993-95).

Hansen earned All-America honors in 13 events during her career. She received the 1994 Honda Cup as the top women's amateur athlete in the nation in any sport. She also was named the SEC Female Athlete of the Year in 1995.

Hansen set and continues to hold every individual record in school history.

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