One of the most unsung, underrated Kentucky Wildcat players of all-time is 6’11” center Jim Andrews, who played for the ‘Cats from 1970 to 1973. Originally from West Virginia, but later recruited out of Lima, Ohio, Andrews was a highly skilled big man and one of the top rebounders in UK history.
In his three years with Kentucky, the ‘Cats posted a 63-21 mark, with Andrews scoring 1,320 points (29th all-time in UK history) and grabbing 783 boards (t15th all-time) — Andrews made 1st Team All-SEC in both his junior and senior years. Proving he was a clutch player, Andrews was named All-NCAA Regional twice (’72, ’73). Andrews posted — get this — 43 double-doubles in his career (three his sophomore season, 19 his junior year, and 21 his final season). As a matter of fact, Andrews averaged a double-double both his junior and senior years — 21.5 & 11.3 his junior season, and 20.1 & 12.4 his senior year. An excellent shooter, Andrews made over 56% of his shots from the field in both of his final two years with the ‘Cats. Currently, Andrews’ 56.3% career field goal percentage ranks 13th in the UK record books.
Andrews was drafted in the 7th round of the NBA draft by the Seattle Supersonics (now, Oklahoma City Thunder), but instead went to Italy and played several years. He later was a para-professional on the UK staff, and helped develop big men Rick Robey, James Lee, Sam Bowie, and Melvin Turpin, among others.