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3 Darnell Dodson

Darnell Dodson
Guard, Forward
Hometown (Last School)
Greenbelt, MD (Eleanor Roosevelt)
September 1, 1989

Darnell Dodson was born September 1, 1989, in Washington, D.C. to David and Hattie Dodson.

Dodson averaged 29.1 points, 2.6 steals, and 11 rebounds per game his senior season at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Maryland. He holds the all-time scoring record at Eleanor Roosevelt with 1,262 points and helped lead Eleanor Roosevelt to two straight Maryland Class 4A state Final Four appearances.  Dodson averaged 18 points, seven rebounds, and four assists as a junior.

Dodson spent his freshman season at Miami-Dade Community College, averaging 15.7 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.  He shot 76.7 percent from the free-throw line.  Dodson led the Sharks to a 26-2 regular season record and the Southern Conference championship.

Dodson transferred to Kentucky for his sophomore year.  He averaged 14.5 minutes per game but his actual contributions on the court were limited.  Coming out of junior college, Dodson was billed as a premier shooter and fans hoped he would provide something that the rest of the roster could not:  consistent outside shooting.  Yet, Darnell was anything but consistent.  His field goal percentage of 33.9% ranked him second-to-last on the team and among the worst in the Southeastern Conference.  Despite being primarily a bench player, he managed to lead the team in three-point attempts per game, and more shockingly, he led the SEC in three-point attempts per minute. 

Dodson played in 35 games, starting seven and averaged 6.0 rebounds and 2.5 rebounds.  He also connected on 76.0-percent of his free throws.  Dodson had eight double-figure scoring games and led UK with 50 three-pointers made.  He had season-high’s of 19 points and eight rebounds against Hartford.  He helped John Calipari’s Wildcats reach the Elite Eight in 2010.

Dodson was dismissed from the Wildcats team by head coach John Calipari in August 2010. At that time, Calipari said the door was not closed on a possible return to the team. But during media day on October 14, an athletic department spokesperson said Dodson was quote “no longer here.”

On October 15, 2010, police arrested Darnell Dodson in Lexington for disorderly conduct.


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On This Day In UK Basketball History

On March 2, 1970, Dan Issel scored 42 points against Auburn.


On March 2, 1991, before a crowd of 24,310, the then-largest crowd in Rupp arena history, the Wildcats closed out the 1990-91 season with a 22-6 overall record. Although UK was ineligible for the SEC title because of probation, the Wildcats secured the best record in the league (14-4) with a 114-93 win over Auburn to end its two-year probation. A ceremony and parade followed.


On March 2, 1996, with a 101-63 victory over Vanderbilt in Rupp Arena on Senior Day, UK became the first team in 40 years to finish with a perfect record in the SEC, a 16-0 sweep. It was the Wildcats’ 25th win in a row, tying the school record for consecutive wins in a season. Two games later, they set the new record at 27 games.


On March 2, 2012, Darius Miller, in his final performance at Rupp Arena, led Kentucky in scoring with 17 points on Senior Night in a 30-point win over Georgia.


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