Originally a member of the Class of 2016, New Zealand power forward Tai Wynyard joined the UK basketball program at midterm and will likely be another frontcourt option for John Calipari moving forward this season.
On Tuesday, UK released updated bio information on Wynyard:
Hometown: Auckland, New Zealand
High School: Mid-year enrollee who joined the Wildcats on Dec. 17 after graduating from Rangitoto College in Auckland, New Zealand … Became the youngest player ever to make the New Zealand National Team when he was named to the team at 16 years old … Named the most valuable player of the FIBA 3-on-3 World Championships after leading New Zealand to a gold medal … Tabbed the MVP of his high school nationals in New Zealand after leading his team to the high school national championship … Member of the World Team that defeated USA Basketball in the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit … Played in the 2014 International Jordan Brand Classic.
Personal: Son of Jason and Karmyn Wynyard … Born on Feb. 5, 1998 … Has a brother, Tautoko, and a sister, Moananui … His father is a world-champion lumberjack who owns more than 150 individual world titles … He’s also a lumberjack and considers his ax his most prized possession … His mother played college basketball at the Division II level … His greatest fear is the dark … He chose No. 14 because No. 17, his high school number, isn’t available in college … He says his father has been the greatest influence in his life.
Previous Wildcats to Wear No. 14 (courtesy of Jon Scott's BigBlueHistory.net site:
|Ht.||Pos.||Hometown (High School)|
|Tai Wynyard||6-10||F||Auckland, NZ (Rangitoto College)|
|Joseph Hagan||1937-38||6-2||F||Louisville, KY (Male & St. Xavier)|
|Donald Orme||1939-40||-||F||Indianapolis, IN|
|Bill Barlow||1942-43||-||F||North Vernon, IN|
|Walter Johnson||1943-44||6-0||G||Mount Sterling, KY|
|Joe Holland||1947-48||6-4||F||Benton, KY|
|Garland Townes||1949-50||6-0||G||Hazard, KY|
|Phil Johnson||1958-59||6-5||F/C||Lexington, KY (University High)|
|Scotty Baesler||1962-63||6-0||G||Lexington, KY (Bryan Station)|
|Bill Busey||1969-70||5-10||G||Bagdad, KY (Shelby County)|
|Ronnie Lyons||1973-74||5-10||G||Maysville, KY (Mason County)|
|Paul Andrews||1986-87||6-2||G||London, KY (Laurel County)|
|Jeff Brassow||1993-94||6-5||G||Houston, TX (Alief-Elsik)|
|Heshimu Evans||1998-99||6-6||F||Bronx, NY (Evander Childs)|
|Erik Daniels||2003-04||6-8||F||Cincinnati, OH (Princeton)|
|Mark Halsell||2008-09||5-11||G||St. Charles, MO (High)|
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist||2011-12||6-7||F||Somerdale, NJ (St. Patrick)|