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Report: A Morehead State great just as famous as one of baseball’s biggest stars

Former Morehead State standout Kenneth Faried was traded by the Nuggets this offseason after seven years in Denver.
Former Morehead State standout Kenneth Faried was traded by the Nuggets this offseason after seven years in Denver. AP

The Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore takes a unique look at Major League Baseball’s image problem by comparing the “Q Scores” of one of the games greatest young stars, Mike Trout, to former Morehead State player and 2011 Kentucky Sports Figure of the Year Kenneth Faried.

“The closest NBA player to Trout in terms of awareness among the general population, per Q Scores’s research, is reserve forward Kenneth Faried, who was traded by the Denver Nuggets to the Brooklyn Nets last week in a salary dump,” writes Kilgore in a story posted Monday on WashingtonPost.com.

Q Scores, ranked by QScores.com measure a player or product’s marketability and celebrity.

Kilgore explained that Trout’s Q Score of 22 means that roughly one in five people on the street could identify the Anaheim Angels’ seven-time All-Star and 2012 Rookie of the Year. Trout is hitting .310 this year with 25 home runs for the Los Angeles Angels, putting him on a pace that could garner American League Most Valuable Player honors at the end of the year.

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Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout takes a photo on the field ahead of the All-Star Home Run Derby Monday at Nationals Park, in Washington. The 89th MLB baseball All-Star Game will be played Tuesday. Patrick Semansky AP

A story published in May by Deadspin.com listed Bryce Harper as baseball’s most famous active player in 2016, the latest data available, with a Q Score of 53. Harper won Monday night’s home run derby as part of the MLB All-Star event hosted by his team, the Washington Nationals.

NBA legend Michael Jordan’s Q Score in 2016, according to the Deadspin.com article was 86.

Faried made his mark and gained most of his fame as the all-time NCAA rebounder at Morehead State. He was a first-round selection of the Denver Nuggets in the 2011 NBA Draft. He’s averaged 11.4 points and 8.2 rebounds in seven NBA seasons, compiling a respectable career that tapered off last season.

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