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The University of Kentucky announces their HOF Class of 2019

The University of Kentucky has announced their Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2019.

The UK Hall of Fame was instituted in 2005.  The Class will be officially inducted on September 13 and 14 in conjunction with Kentucky’s football home game against Florida.

The new class is:

DeMarcus CousinsMen’s Basketball:  Cousins played one season with the Wildcats Basketball team where he was named the SEC Freshman of the Year and took Kentucky a number 1 ranking and the SEC Championship.  “Boogie” would average 15.1 Points and 9.9 Rebounds per Game. He would be drafted fifth overall in the NBA Draft and has been a four time All Star.

Henri Junghanel, Rifle:  From Germany, Henri Junghanel would be a four-time All-American would lead Kentucky to the 2011 National Championship.  He would be named the World Shooter of the Year in 2013 and would later win the Olympic Gold Medal in the 50 meter rifle prone event.

A'dia Mathies, Women’s Basketball:  Mathies was the SEC Player of the Year twice (2012 & 2013) and was a finalist both years for the John R. Wooden and the Naismith Trophy.  She is the all-time university leader in Steals (320) and Games Played (140) and she is second in scoring with 2,014 Points.

Vic Nelson, Cross Country:  Nelson won seven SEC individual championships and he would win the SEC cross country championship in 1969.

Don Weber, Track and Field & Coach:  Weber was a coach on the University of Kentucky for 34 Years.  He was a three-time SEC Women’s Coach of the Year and two-time SEC Women’s Coach of the Year.

Andre Woodson, Football:  Woodson was the UK MVP in both 2006 and 2007 where he took the Wildcats to the Music City Bowl twice where he would lead them to victory on both occasions.  He threw for 9,360 Yards and 79 Touchdowns as a Wildcat.

We here at would like to congratulate the soon to be UK Class of 2019.

The University of Kentucky announces their 2020 HOF Class

Regular visitors of know that we are slowly working on the top 50 of every major team in the NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB. Once that is done, we intend to look at how each team honor their past players, coaches and executives.  Eventually, we plan to do that for the major colleges in the NCAA.  As such, it is news to us that the University of Kentucky has announced the nine members of their Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2020.

The six new members are:

Chanda Bell, Softball (2009-12).  Bell is arguably the best softball player in school history and she took the Wildcats to their first four NCAA Tournament appearances in school history.  She won 68 Games with a 2.55 ERA, and holds the school record of 288 Strikeouts in a season.  Historically speaking, she also threw the first no-hitter and perfect game for Kentucky.

Sawyer Carroll, Baseball (2007-08).  Playing at Outfield, Carroll was a Consensus All-American in 2008.  That year he set a school record in Runs Batted In (83), and was a semi-finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy.  Carroll still holds the all-time school record in Batting Average (.386) and On Base Percentage (.483).  He later played seven years in the Minor Leagues.  

Ron Mercer, Men’s Basketball (1995-97).  Mercer was a huge part of Kentucky’s NCAA Championship in 1996, and the year after he was an All-American and the SEC Player of the Year.  He scored 1,013 Points for the Wildcats.  Mercer went on to have an eight-year career in the NBA playing for Boston, Denver, Orlando, Chicago, Indiana, San Antonio and New Jersey.

A.J. Reed, Baseball (2012-14). In 2014, Reed was the Consensus National Player of the Year when he batted .336 with 23 Home Runs.  When he wasn’t at First Base, he was an excellent Pitcher, going 12-2 with a 2.09 ERA in his award-winning year.  He would later play for the Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox.

Danny Trevathan, Football (2008-11).  Trevathan was the first Linebacker in Kentucky history to be named a First Team All-American and was the leading tackler in the SEC as both a junior and Senior. He would later play for the Denver Broncos, winning a Super Bowl, and he is now a Chicago Bear

Wayne Turner, Men’s Basketball (1995-99). Turner would play in 151 Games for Kentucky, and helped them reach three Final Fours, and won two NCAA Championships.  He would later briefly play for the Boston Celtics.  

The date and location of the ceremony, has yet to be determined.

We here at would like to the impending members of the University of Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame.

98. Antoine Walker

With his year of eligibility pushed back from his attempts to get back in the big time through the D-League, Antoine Walker is sadly best known for his financial woes more than anything he did on the court. In his playing career, his best seasons were with Boston, where along with Paul Pierce his three pointers excited crowds (though he probably took too many) and he was a member of three All Star squads. In a reserve role, Walker had a very good season assisting the Heat in their first championship, but despite his role there, he is often the forgotten contributor on that team. Forgotten players generally don’t wind up enshrined; especially one who has become a puch line.
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