Had the current NBA eligibility rules been in place during the 1970s when Joe B. Hall was coaching basketball at Kentucky, the UK boss could have won another national championship or two. But Hall lost a couple of heavily-recruited prep superstars to the NBA in 1975. He could have used their help for his 1975-76 squad, which eventually captured the 1976 NIT crown with a 20-10 mark, and for his 1976-77 club, which lost in the NCAA regional finals.
Remember Bill Willoughby from New Jersey?
“I had him signed,” recalled Hall in a recent interview with this sports columnist. “And Darryl Dawkins (from Orlando, Fla.). I lost them to the pros.
“Moses Malone was a strong consideration for us. But he signed with Maryland (in 1974). He didn’t go to Maryland and went pro (in the old ABA).”