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Image 57 of Kentucky Alumni, vol. 81, no. 3, Fall 2010

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Oh What A Night! Wildcats Make History At N BA Draft The 2010 NBA Draft had a distinctive was taken second overall by the Portland UK head coach ]ohn Calipari became Big Blue feel as Hve players from the Uni- Trail Blazers, behind Akeem Olajuwon the Hfth college coach to have coached two versity of Kentucky men’s basketball team who was drafted Hrst by the Houston overall No. 1 picks. Calipari coached Der- were selected in the Hrst round. It marked Rockets and before Michael ]ordan who rick Rose, the 2008 No. 1 pick, at Mem- the Hrst time that Hve players from the was taken third by the Chicago Bulls. phis in the 2007-09 season. same school were selected in the Hrst SEC Freshman ofthe Year and All- Calipari was quoted on ukathletics.com round ofthe NBA Draft. American DeMarcus Cousins was selected as saying, “For a program that makes his- Freshman point guard ]ohn Wall was se- as the Hfth overall pick by the Sacramento tory pretty regularly, (draft night) was a lected as the Hrst overall number pick, se- Kings. All-SEC junior Patrick Patterson truly historic evening. An unprecedented lected by the Washington Wizards. Wall, went 14th to the Houston Rockets. Fresh- Hve Wildcats were chosen in the Hrst an All-America selection and the SEC man Eric Bledsoe was selected with the round ofthe 2010 NBA Draft. 1 am so Player of the Year, is the Hrst overall No. 1 18th pick by the Oklahoma City Thunder proud of ]ohn, DeMarcus, Patrick, Eric pick in the storied history of Kentucky (he was later traded to the Los Angeles and Daniel and 1 love the way they repre- basketball. Prior to Wall’s selection by the Clippers), and fellow freshman Daniel sented our university, our program and the Wizards, the highest UK draft pick was Orton was drafted by the Orlando Magic Big Blue Nation.” Sam Bowie in the 1984 NBA Draft. Bowie with the 29th pick. ··—··| " { A @1% ‘ S . ` u W ni, ss s 9 * A ` T ·=., s a a f c , ~. . T i 1 ; . at .. · . V _ af * ‘ · Qi); V `_ is ..4; »¤ i—~ E p / gi _ · ya , jj pj.; »,y ‘ w T 13 V .» » { , ,_ N ,t·» l e. V q i , —.· ’ Ae is .. ‘ l » , i ll; L § ly * ‘ wl se., · ‘ ‘*i i t‘1’ ` ‘ 2·‘:· t tf“ 4 ll, . i Q ’ 2 g ” `` ‘ *-1;: `''` B ` ° V 1 V Q lil ·°‘ ` ’ I 5 i P { 5 Q Q , ;; S __ E at i V `E V - .s__ ' .0, , _ .. ‘ "; · atif , g V A V l F ..i g KY .V él A H ‘`·‘. ° f * »·”.. 5* -l.- 5 ; Z · V t it V1 l ’`i* ll — J ‘ *a V l z ._,,. A ; iii —, hl; * P g? E 2 B ~ l V {·‘° TI, ` » it ‘L = A ; ` "l’- i e\ · A », " A il:) `“··- ” l ‘ y 5 ‘ i I i V A ‘¤,i V w ‘`t2, ‘ fiié l ’.. S, A ip _ L ~ iii`i“‘ " . S V ‘”· *`l_"¥l;l:QlL?l&‘¥ Y lg ‘ » , . ,V A l " . `’V J V y ~·y‘ B ' ._ A >}`·`Al 5 L i‘ P ‘ _ =. ll'_ L ° F V , g `”.°i‘ ` _ ; `“**fll‘% < i ll ir l n - , :¤ ?; ?¥‘ ~ ` `A “ msi? ,i .-l Ul , A 1 Vi, V V·’‘ A E ,g ) I Former Wildcats DeMarcus Cousins, above left, and Patrick Patterson, above right, were selected fifth and 14th respectively. www.uka|umni.net 55 ((