- Kevin Grevey
- Hometown (Last School)
- Hamilton, OH (Taft)
- 1972-73, 1973-74, 1974-75
- May 12, 1953
Kevin Grevey was born May 12, 1953 in Hamilton, Ohio. As a three-year varsity starter at Hamilton Taft High School under legendary coach Marv McCollum – and in an era prior to the 3-point goal – Grevey finished his high school career with 1,470 points – just one of 17 school records Grevey held upon his graduation. His three-year regular season career average was 23.7 points. Kevin set 16 of his high school records his senior year when he averaged an amazing 32.5 points and 17.1 rebounds per game. Grevey earned numerous state and national awards, including First Team All-Ohio Associated Press in 1971. He was selected to the Scholastic Coach Magazine, Coach-Athletic Magazine and Sunkist All-America teams. He was a member of the USA All-Star team, played in the prestigious Dapper Dan Classic, the national East-West All-Star game and the All-American All-Star game.
Kevin was twice All-State and a prep All-America at Taft High School in Hamilton. He averaged 32.5 points and 17.1 rebounds his senior year. Kevin was named Ohio Co-Player-of-the-Year with Ed Stahl. He received many offers but the main pressure was for him to attend either Ohio State or Miami University at Oxford. Kentucky came into the picture when UK assistants T. L. Plain, and Dicky Parsons visited the Grevey home in early 1971.
He played his three collegiate seasons (freshmen were not eligible to play varsity basketball at the time) under Rupp’s successor, Joe B. Hall. He was named First-Team All-Southeastern Conference in all three of his college seasons and All-American in his junior and senior years. He was Kentucky’s 26th All-American at the time. He was the 21st player to enter the exclusive 1,000 point club. He had all the ingredients of a superb player– speed and cat-like quickness supplemented by a muscular 205 lb. frame. He was a southpaw but mastered the use of his right hand.
He represented the United States on the college all-star team which toured China in the summer of 1973.
In his senior year Kentucky lost to UCLA in the championship game of the NCAA Tournament in what would be the final game in the career of UCLA’s legendary coach John Wooden; Grevey scored a game-high 34 points and was named to the all-Final Four team. You can watch highlights of the 1975 Final Four here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unA8XmES4MI, here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tmz1poxdkJ0 and here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C39DEqH-TIg.
Upon completion of his collegiate career, Grevey scored 1,801 points, which at the time ranked him second in University of Kentucky history behind only Dan Issel’s 2,138. His jersey number, 35, is retired by the University of Kentucky.
In 1975 Grevey was selected by the Washington Bullets in the first round (18th pick) of the NBA Draft and by the San Diego Sails in the first round (sixth pick) of the 1975 ABA Draft. Grevey signed with the Bullets and played mostly as a backup small forward and shooting guard his first two seasons. When Phil Chenier suffered a season-ending back injury early in the 1977–78 season, Grevey became the starting off guard and averaged 15.5 points per game. The Bullets won their only NBA championship that season, led by Grevey, newly acquired Bob Dandridge and the future Hall-of-Fame duo of Elvin Hayes and Wes Unseld.
Grevey enjoyed four more solid seasons in Washington, averaging no less than 13.3 points per game. An injury sidelined him for half of the 1982–83 season and reduced him to a reserve for the remainder of his career. He played his final two seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks.
In his 10 NBA seasons Grevey played 672 games and scored 7,364 points, for an average of 11.0 points per game.
He was inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.
His father Norman Grevey and high school coach Marvin McCollum were two of the most important people in his life. Currently living in Great Falls, Va., Kevin and his wife, Sandy, have a daughter (Amanda), and twins sons (Andrew and Kevin). He is the owner of Grevey’s Restaurant & Sports Bar, a scout for the Los Angeles Lakers and TV & Radio analyst for CBS/Westwood 1 and Fox Sports Network.
In the interview below, he discusses his early basketball experiences, and being recruited by various colleges. He talks about choosing to attend UK, and spends the majority of the interview discussing each year of his college career, including breakdowns of specific games, teammates, and coaches, as well as the social issues of the time. He talks about his professional basketball career in the NBA and his post-basketball career. He was interviewed by fellow UK great Kyle Macy.