New Kentucky Wildcats select jersey numbers

Kentucky's basketball signees have picked the jersey numbers they will wear as Wildcats.

Five of the newcomers announced their choices via the social network on Wednesday, including De'Aaron Fox (0), Sacha Killeya-Jones (1), Edrice "Bam" Adebayo (3), Malik Monk (5) and Brad Calipari (20).

Earlier this spring, Wenyen Gabriel announced that he will wear No. 32.

It will mark the second consecutive year that the Cats have featured a No. 0 and a No. 1. Marcus Lee and Skal Labissiere wore the numbers, respectively, during the 2015-16 season. Lee started his career as No. 00, but sported a single-0 when UK adopted an "alternate" Nike jersey for its road blues.

Other prominent zeros in UK history include Tony Delk and Leroy Byrd.

The No. 1 has been a popular choice of recent players, including Devin Booker, James Young and Darius Miller. All three players appeared in Final Fours for the Cats.

Adebayo's No. 3 will already be hanging in many stores across the Bluegrass State as it was most recently worn by All-American Tyler Ulis. Nerlens Noel and Terrence Jones also wore it in recent years, and it was hugely popularized by Rex Chapman in the 1980s.

The No. 5 to be worn by Monk was also claimed by recent UK standout Andrew Harrison. Former stars like Travis Ford and Wayne Turner also wore the jersey.

Calipari's No. 20 was most recently worn by Doron Lamb from 2010-12. It was also sported by Jim Master in the early 80s and Jimmy Dan Conner in the mid-70s.

Gabriel's No. 32 has been a popular choice over the years. The long list of fan favorites to wear it includes Joe Crawford, Jared Pricket, Richie Farmer, Derrick Hord and James Lee.


AllWildcats Top Stories