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‘Family’ the theme of the night at Big Blue Madness

At Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness on Friday it was all about family.

Big Blue Madness - photo by Walter Cornett

– photo by Walter Cornett

head coach has always run a players-first program at Kentucky. At Big Blue Madness on Friday it was all about family.

In the weeks leading up to Big Blue Madness, UK Athletics and Coach Cal invited every single former player in Kentucky basketball's illustrious history to come back to Rupp Arena to celebrate the special evening with them.

“The last seven years has brought us a national championship in 2012, four Final Fours, a bunch of SEC championships, and more wins than any other program,” Coach Cal began. “You know why? We've had some unbelievable players. Players who have gone on from here to do some remarkable things. Who better to talk to this team and future Wildcats than them?”

Videos of encouragement and well wishes were sent in by various NBA Wildcats and UK legends, including Devin Booker, , , , Tyler Ulis, Kyle Wiltjer, , , Aaron Harrison, , Rajon Rondo, Rex Chapman, Chuck Hayes, and Alex Poythress.

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On June 24, 2010, Kentucky had five players drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft. John Wall became the first Wildcat ever named the overall No. 1 pick when he was selected by the Washington Wizards.  DeMarcus Cousins was selected fifth by the Sacramento Kings, Patrick Patterson went 14th to the Houston Rockets, Eric Bledsoe went 18th to the Oklahoma City Thunder and Daniel Orton was picked 29th by the Orlando Magic.

 

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