Jamal Mashburn was born November 29, 1972 in New York City and played high school basketball at Cardinal Hayes High School in The Bronx. The single most important Wildcat in the post-probation era. He displayed plenty of courage by choosing to buck the odds and sign on with the scandal-scarred Wildcats. Had he not done so, the resurrection of UK's basketball program would have taken much longer. He was the athlete, the complete basketball player that Rick Pitino needed to help kick start the program and the recruiting process. He could score, pass, rebound and defend. He scored 1,843 points – currently 6th best in UK history – although he only played in 98 games as a Wildcat. He was a consensus All-America pick in 1993.
Walter Cornett, of Glendale, Kentucky, is the owner and operator of Walter's Wildcat World. He founded WildcatWorld.com in 1998 making it one of the oldest Kentucky basketball fan sites in operation today.
On This Day In UK Basketball History
- On February 23, 1970, Dan Issel scored 47 points against Alabama.
- On February 23, 2019, with an 80-53 victory over Auburn, 10th-year head coach John Calipari moves past Joe B. Hall for the second most victories by a UK head coach in program history. He trails only the Baron of the Bluegrass, Adolph Rupp.