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12 Mark Krebs

Mark Krebs
Hometown (Last School)
Newport, KY (Central Catholic)
2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10
October 10, 1986

Mark Krebs was born on October 10, 1986, in Newport, Kentucky to Mark and Terri Krebs.  He has an older sister, Mandy, and younger brother, Andrew.

Krebs played high school ball at Newport Central Catholic and was All-State in 2005.  He was the Ninth Region Division 2 Player of the Year in 2005 and a two-time Kentucky Post All-Star, 2004-05.  He was also the NKY Coaches Association Player of the Year in 2005

The Kentucky native abandoned a basketball scholarship at Thomas More College, a Division III liberal arts college in Crestview Hills Ky., to become a walk-on at the University of Kentucky. Mark Krebs is one of few players to play under three different head coaches as a Wildcat: Tubby Smith, Billy Gillispie and John Calipari.

As a sophomore walk-on at Kentucky, Krebs saw action in four games for the Wildcats.  He scored his first points as a Wildcat on a three-pointer against Florida International.

As a junior, Krebs played in 13 games, logging 25 minutes.  He averaged 7.5 minutes in UK’s exhibition season including nine minutes against Ouachita Baptist.  He connected on both three-point attempts against Ouachita, finishing the game with six points and a steal. He played a career-high five minutes against Mississippi Valley State pulling down a rebound and missing on his only shot, a three point attempt.  Krebs posted a career-high two rebounds in four minutes against Tennessee State.

Krebs played as a walk-on for three seasons before earning a scholarship for his final season at Kentucky. “I thought about this over the weekend,” Calipari said. “And after I met with him and heard him say, ‘Coach, all I want is to be a part of the Kentucky basketball program,’ I knew what we had to do.”  Krebs scored a total of 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds in 33 games played. Krebs was named to the Academic All-SEC team for the 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 season.

Krebs graduated from Kentucky with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.

Kreb’s impact at the University of Kentucky won’t be measured by an impressive stat line or a long list of records in the records book. In his three seasons at UK, he has tallied just 60 minutes of playing time and scored just nine points in his career as a Wildcat. Yet when Mark looks back on his years as a Wildcat, there will be no remorse or no regrets. Simply put, he has lived the dream that every kid growing up in the Bluegrass has longed for.

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