#13 Sam Malone
Sam wasn’t an All American. He wasn’t highly sought after. In fact, were it not for a realtionship that John Calipari formed with his father at UMass, Joe Malone, Sam Malone would not be wearing the Blue and White. Joe Malone was the Massachusetts State Treasure in 1992 when he first took notice of John Calipari. Coach Cal had phoned Joe in response to a note sent to him after Kentucky dispatched his A10 team in the Sweet 16. From that point forward, a friendship was born that culminated in a walk on offer to his son, Sam Malone.
As a high school player in Massachusetts, he achieved some success, being named a 2011 League All-Star, he didn’t usher them to a national title despite averaging 14 points and nine (9) rebounds and four (4) steals per game. He did accomplish that feat as as Frosh in 2009 when Tilton won the Prep Title. In 2008 they lost the title game, however. So his high school career was a bit of a roller coaster but nevertheless, Coach Cal was loyal to his friend, Joe, and now Sam is a National Champion Junior on the squad who is likely to raise banner #9.
As a Wildcat
He didn’t play much in the 2011-2012 season since he tore his ACL a mere six (6) games into the season. He’s been the “cigar guy” since he joined the team, logging a few minutes during various “cupcake” games over teams like Penn State, Chatanooga, Marist, and Portland. During that season, his stats en route to the 2012 National Championship so that amplifies all contributions.. The 2012-2013 season wasn’t as king to Sam or the rest of the Kentucky Wildcats. He managed only a few minutes all season, which considering we lost to Robert Morris in the First Round of the NIT, isn’t surprising but still there wasn’t much opportunity to see him play, as he managed a mere 11 minutes total. In 3 games during to 2012-2013 season, he averaged a mere 2 minutes/game. During his first twp seasons, he was named Academic All-SEC so he didn’t go unnoticed.
What to Expect in 2013-2014
Realistically, during the I expect him to play more minutes than he’s ever played. Why? Because this is the first team where we have a legitimate chance to run the table. The entire table. Yes, I know it’s highly unlikely we go 40-0 but it’s very likely that we are so far ahead in most games that Sam has a chance to log substantial minutes. No, he isn’t an NBA prostpect but he is a member of the Kentucky Wildcats so don’t expect him to go unnoticed.
” target=”_blank”>Sam has matured…a lot: