Issel is THE MAN at UK

For me as a kid growing up in Georgia, Julius Erving always made a great impression on me as a young man. The style Dr. J played was so exciting.

For me as a kid growing up in Georgia, Julius Erving always made a great impression on me as a young man. The style Dr. J played was so exciting.

But at UK, the guy I respect more than anyone is Dan Issel. He got it done in three years. I feel like I had a great career here and he's the only guy to score more points than I did. That is a great accomplishment. It took me four years to do that, but look at the numbers he put up in his career. If Pete Maravich had not been born in that era to overshadow Dan a little bit, then Dan would have really been the man nationally. But for UK, there is no one better than Dan Issel.

I have seen film clips of him. Mike Pratt and I have become very good friends over the last couple of years and doing my research on UK basketball with DVDs, books or when Jodie Meeks breaks a record that still belonged to Dan Issel, that is eye-opening. Issel did so many special things and he did it in three years and at a time without a lot of games on TV.

It is a shame that we have this guy who is the man in UK basketball and such limited footage of him at UK. I remember him more from days with the Denver Nuggets. I kind of vaguely remember him with the Kentucky Colonels, but when you read the history and tradition here you know Dan Issel was a special guy.

I am not sure how many guys on this year's team would even know who he is. I think it should be mandatory when you come here to UK that you get a DVD on Kentucky basketball or read a book about Kentucky basketball so you would know the guys before you who opened the doors. I think old-school guys like Patrick Patterson and Ramon Harris probably know about Issel. But I would be surprised if the younger guys knew of the legacy of Dan Issel but it is certainly one we should all know.


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