Mike Pratt at UK-Ohio Convention

When Mike Pratt was a senior at Kentucky, the Wildcats had a physical freshman in Larry Stamper.

When Mike Pratt was a senior at Kentucky, the Wildcats had a physical freshman in Larry Stamper. At that time, freshmen were ineligible to play in games, but they could participate in practice and Stamper had to go against Pratt, Dan Issel and Larry Steele, UK's frontcourt daily. Pratt still laughs when he remembers the day Stamper was giving Steele "fits" and coach Adolph Rupp was on Steele, one of UK's better defensive players, to stop the freshman.

"We came out of a break and a play was called to rub my defender into a pick," Pratt said. "Stamps somehow ended up on me. Steele and Issel clothes lined him like I have never seen. I heard this thud and there he was hitting his head on the floor and his legs were straight up in the air.

"I thought they killed him. The trainer ran on the floor. Stamps, who was tough, got up and said, ‘Who I am guarding?' He was a tough guy, but at that moment he didn't know where he was because of what those guys did to him."


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