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Image 49 of Kentucky Alumni, vol. 75, no. 3, Fall 2004

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I S P 0 R T S ll prince Of the palace Former Kentucky Wildcats with NBA Titles In just his second year as a professional basketball player pa"' N"' ' 1950'51 ' R°°h°s°°" R°Va|S _ with the NBA Detroit Pistons, Tayshaun Prince has made a Jagk 1'5ng|E . 1943.49 . Mjnneapqns Lakers name for himself. Not only that, he’s a, dare—I—say—it, role _ q. model. An Associated Press reporter called him "an Frank Ramsey ` 1956`57 ` B°st°" cemcs anomaly in the NBA," a player who earned his college de- Cliff Hagan - 1957-58 - St. Louis Hawks i gree in four years. UK Board of Trustees Chairperson Steve . Reed expressed his admiration of the example Prince set on pat may - 1971-72 - Los Angeles Lakers , . V and off the court throughout the intense play-offs citing Larry Steele - 1978-77 - Portland Trailblazers i i Prince’s work ethic and the values he ex ressed in inter- - - r views with USA r0DAY andthe L0sAEgeles Times where K°`"" G"°"°" ` 197-M8 ` W°sh'"g°°" B""°°s I he talked about getting his degree and hard work. m¤k R¤b¤V · 1980*81 · B°$¤¤¤ c¤|l¥l¤$ One of the first things Prince did when he arrived in Los Tayshaun prince _ 2003.04 _ Detroit pistons i Angeles for the championships final series was to speak to students at Dominguez High School in nearby Compton, where he was a star basketball player before attending Ken- · ya _• { tucky. • h On the court, Prince was a billboard for coach Tubby {EP" ~ Smith’s philosophy and style of basketball. How many times __ Q '»_ 4 have we heard this sentiment expressed not only by Prince be ~ { I but also by other Smith—coached players? 5 "I tend to look at it that ifl take care of what I need to do on the court, then everything else will take care of itself," · Prince told reporters. While some of those reporters found Prince’s emergence · as a defensive player "startling" those of us back home O knew differently. In the permanent archives of the minds of fans several of Prince’s defensive plays are cataloged, espe- cially his block of Indiana Pacers Reggie Miller to seal a win _ for the Pistons in Game 2 of the conference finals. In a spec- I tacular play, Prince took off from mid—court after Miller, ` L » _ closing the gap and making a perfectly timed block of {__ I · ‘· Miller’s attempted shot. E s *1* .• Prince’s defensive prowess continued. LA Lakers coach E j " ”* Phil Jackson commented, ny ; · ` . I A "We never thought Tayshaun Prince was notably a defen— ` _ 3.: ‘ ‘ ~ I sive stopper, but all of a sudden he is." ‘ _ ‘ a I •· ° David DuPree, a USA TODAY reporter, wrote “Prince’s ·•·- r I ‘: ~ A gk ’ defense against (LA Lakers Kobe) Bryant on the NBA’s A _ f V' ’J" biggest stage has put him in a select group with Ron Artest, ,· ‘ » $· { • 1 * Bruce Bowen and Bryant as the top perimeter defenders in \ ' i , `i B " ‘ _ the NBA. He may go to the head of the class." ._ , ` , ‘ .*1 V Q x ly `uc, ; > Q `’·.. . _ W1 `. `, A i www.ukathIetics.cnm ‘ ` if “ KENTUCKY ALUMNI 47