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30 Doug Pendygraft

Doug Pendygraft
Hometown (Last School)
Parksville, KY (High)
1960-61, 1961-62
December 29, 1939

From the 1962 University of Kentucky Media Guide:

“Surviving member of a highly-touted junior college transfer twosome that joined the Wildcats at the start of last season, Doug Pendygraft must be assessed as potentially a much better ball player than he showed in a disappointing first season in the “majors.” Married and the father of two children, the likeable Kentuckian has simply had a problem of making the adjustment from junior college ball (Lindsey-Wilson of Columbia, Ky.) to the national calibre of basketball played at University of Kentucky. In all fairness to the boy, neither he nor his coaches can pinpoint the reason. Pendygraft seemingly has the natural ability, the moves, the shots and ball handling finesse to get the job done offensively. He could be a better defensive man, but he works hard at guarding his opponent and makes only the mistakes that come from inexperience against top-flight opposition. With added confidence and greater personal drive and determination to make good in the tradition of most of the select list of six other UK junior college transfers, Doug is expected to turn in a better season in 1961-62. Last season, playing as a guard reserve, he saw action in seven games for a total time of 26:07 and his high point production was five versus Alabama. He finished last on the team in scoring. Doug came to UK along with Vince Del Negro of Northeast Mississippi JC with a terrific reputation. He set all kinds of junior college scoring records, won unanimous selection as the “Most Valuable Player” in the 1960 JC national tourney and attaining JC All-America honors. He was leading scorer of the tournament with 154 points in four games and eclipsed by 10 points the previous one-game tourney high with a 63-point outburst as he paced the Lindsey-Wilson Blue Raiders over Grand View (Iowa) in the fourth place game. He became the third winner of the JC “MVP” award to attend UK. Previous recipients who became Wildcats were Sid Cohen and Bob Burrow. Pendygraft’s final season scoring average of 25.7 slotted him just behind Del Negro in junior college ranks. Del Negro left UK after becoming ineligible scholastically following his first semester.”

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