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Image 7 of Basketball, 1980

Part of University of Kentucky Basketball Media Guides (Men)

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1979-80 WILDCATS AT A GLANCE Lettermen Lost From 1978-79 Team (3) DWAYNE CASEY (6-2 G)-Co-Captain and spiritual leader on and off the court . . . Leadership will be tough to replace . . . TRUMAN CLAYTOR (6-1 G)-Co-Captain and team's best defensive player. . . Streak shooter who became second leading SEC Tourney scorer to teammate Macy with 84 points . . . Named All-SEC Tourney . . . Scored 821 career points. CLARENCE TILLMAN (6-7 F) - Played 405 minutes in 30 games, averaging 3.3 ppg and 3.3 rebounds. Left school October, 1979. Returning Lettermen (6) DWIGHT ANDERSON (6-3 G)-Second in scoring with 13.3 ppg, third in time played with 807 minutes . . . Showed brilliant play during later part of season, gaining starting berth in 14th game . . . Named to All-SEC Freshman team. FRED COWAN (6-8 C-F) —Fourth in scoring with 9.4 ppg, second in rebounding with 5.5 . . . Started 24 of 31 games, compiling 722 minutes playing time. KYLE MACY (6-3 G) —Team playmaker with 129 assists, leading scorer with 15.2 ppg . . . UK's 29th All-American, two-year All-SEC. JAY SHIDLER (6-1 G) —Averaged 6.3 ppg in 30 games, starting seven. CHUCK VERDERBER (6-6 F)-Played 607 minutes in 31 games, starting 10 and averaging 6.1 ppg and 4.2 rebounds . . . Hit 52.1 per cent of his shots. LA VON WILLIAMS (6-7 F)- Started all 31 games, averaging 11.5 ppg and team high 6.9 rebounds . . . Second in time played, 891 minutes, led team with 54.3 per cent from the field. Non-Lettermen (2) CHRIS GETTELFINGER (6-2 G) —Scored six points in eight games . . . A two-year walk-on from Knoxville, TN, who earned a scholarship this year. BO LANTER (6-2 Gl —First year walk-on from Versailles, Ky. . . Transferred from Midwestern State University in 1978 ... On Scholarship. Freshmen (5) SAM BOWIE (7-1 C-F) —Named nation's outstanding prep player by National High School Coaches Association . . . Prep All-American who averaged 28.7 ppg and 18.1 reboundsat Lebanon (Pa.) High School . . . Deadly outside shooter. TOM HEITZ (6-8 C-F)-Averaged 27.4 ppg and 17.9 rebounds at Hamilton (Ind.) High School, earning first team All-State honors. DERRICK HORD (6-6 F)-Averaged 26.7 ppg and 13.4 rebounds at Tennessee High School in Bristol, TN . . . Prep All-American and Tennessee's top prepster. CHARLES HURT (6-6 F)-Averaged 22.9 ppg and 16.6 rebounds at Shelby County High School, Shelbyville, KY. . . Led school to 1978 State Championship . . . All-State, All-American. DIRK MINNIEFIELD (6-3 G)-Rated one of top guards in nation ... Led Lafayette High School, Lexington, Ky., to 1979 state championship . . . Averaged 18.1 ppg and six rebounds on balanced scoring team . . . Prep All-American, All-State, Kentucky's "Mr. Basketball." 5