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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 ' Rhs" RVa|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, hes a, dareIsayit, role _ q. model. An Associated Press reporter called him "an Frank Ramsey ` 1956`57 ` Bst" 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 Princes work ethic and the values he ex ressed in inter- - - r views with USA r0DAY andthe L0sAEgeles Times where K`"" G""" ` 197-M8 ` Wsh'"g" B""s I he talked about getting his degree and hard work. mk RbV 1980*81 B$ c|ll$ 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" ~ Smiths 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 Smithcoached 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 Princes 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 Princes 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 midcourt after Miller, ` L _ closing the gap and making a perfectly timed block of {__ I Millers attempted shot. E s *1* . Princes 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 Princes - r I : ~ A gk defense against (LA Lakers Kobe) Bryant on the NBAs 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