The 40 Most Impactful Kentucky Wildcat Basketball Players (1981-82 to present day)

Lots of comparisons have been made about the players that have come to Kentucky the last few years and made a huge impact, both on the court and in our hearts.  But looking at the history of Kentucky basketball, we have tons of players that have significantly impacted us as fans.  Some have gone on to star in the NBA.  Others have won titles in college and earned a piece of their own in Wildcat history.  But what players have been the most impactful in Kentucky Wildcat history?  Keep in mind we are looking at their life after college basketball and the NBA as well.  Cameron Mills was never a five star recruit , but he left a huge impact on me.  Is he in your top 40?

That is what we found out.  Who was more impactful for you?  Rex Mania or the UniBrow?  The Twin Towers of Bowie and Turpin or Boogie and Patterson?

Lots actually went into the deciding of the 40 most impactful players.  First, we put it to a vote of the BBN and they helped cut the list to 40.  Then the WBN staff,alon with experts such as Brian Eldridge and Ken Howlett helped rank the order.  So enjoy our list.  We are sure that not every two UK fans will see this list the same way, but we are one of the few school that can even put together a list like this:

#40 RAMEL BRADLEY

#39 ED DAVENDER

 #38  DIRK MINNIEFIELD

#37  CAMERON MILLS 

#36  WINSTON BENNETT

#35 JOE CRAWFORD 

#34  NAZR MOHAMMAED 

#33 ANTHONY EPPS

#32  TRAVIS FORD 

#31 DERON FELDHAUS

#30  DORON LAMB 

#29  WAYNE TURNER 

 #28  SEAN WOODS

#27  JEFF SHEPPARD

Image Credit: RonMercer.com

 #25  RON MERCER

#24  SCOTT PADGETT 

#23  MELVIN TURPIN 

#22  BRANDON KNIGHT 

 #21  KEITH BOGANS 

#20  RICHIE FARMER 

#19  RAJON RONDO

Apr 2, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Darius Miller (1) raises the net after defeating the Kansas Jayhawks 67-59 in the finals in the 2012 NCAA men

#18  DARIUS MILLER

April 26, 2012; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Jodie Meeks (20) shoots free throw against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

#17  JODIE MEEKS

#16 JOHN PELPHREY 

Derek Anderson, Kentucky Wildcats 1995-97

#15 DEREK ANDERSON

Terrence Jones sits down to sign an autograph.

#14 TERRENCE JONES

#13 MICHAEL KIDD-GILCHRIST

#12 CHUCK HAYES

#11 DEMARCUS COUSINS

Antoine Walker, Kentucky Wildcats forward 1994-1996

#10 ANTOINE WALKER

#9 SAM BOWIE

#8 KENNY WALKER

#7 TONY DELK

#6 TAYSHAUN PRINCE

#5  REX CHAPMAN 

#4 PATRICK PATTERSON

#3 JOHN WALL

Apr 3, 1993; New Orleans, LA, USA: FILE PHOTO; Michigan Wolverines forward Juwan Howard (25) and Chris Weber (4) defend the shot by Kentucky Wildcats guard Jamal Mashburn (24) during the 1993 NCAA Men's Tournament

#2 JAMAL MASHBURN

Apr 2, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Anthony Davis speaks at a press conference after the finals of the 2012 NCAA men

#1 ANTHONY DAVIS