The University of Kentucky announced that John Wall was named to their athletics Hall of Fame on Monday.
Wall is not the only 2017 class member affiliated with the men’s basketball team. Former announcer Ralph Hacker made it as well, where he announced games during UK’s 1996 and 1998 championship years, as well as for the football team.
We already know Wall as a major piece for the Wizards for the past seven years. Though he played just one season in Lexington, he still had a stellar resume.
At Kentucky, Wall averaged 16.6 points and 6.5 assists per game as he led the Wildcats to the Elite Eight in the 2009-10 NCAA season. He also won the Adolph Rupp Trophy (which is named by a former Wildcats coaching legend), the SEC player of the year, and a first team All-American.
Here are some highlights of his time at UK below:
And here’s more:
In a radio show on Monday, Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari noted that Wall “set the tone of where college basketball was going — not Just Kentucky,” when reacting to the news of Wall’s induction. Wall is also the first John Calipari-era player to make the Hall of Fame.
The other inductees besides Wall and Hacker are:
- Sherry Hoover Bordner, track and cross country, 1986-89 - Part of UK’s women’s cross country championship in 1988. It’s the Wildcats’ only women’s sports national championship
- Randall Cobb, football, 2008-10 - Cobb is now an NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers
- Collin Cowgill, baseball, 2005-08 - Led UK to their first SEC title in 2006. Played in the MLB most recently for the Cleveland Indians.
- Sarah Rumely, volleyball, 2006-09 - Led the Wildcats to four NCAA Touranment appearances. Since she graduated, Rumely coached for several colleges and is now an assistant at LSU.
All the inductees will be formally inducted on September 22-23, which is the weekend when the football team plays the Florida Gators. I think Bradley Beal will keep his “trash talk” to a minimum in support of his backcourt mate.