The most historic college basketball program, the University of Kentucky Wildcats, has a tradition of retiring jerseys and displaying them in the rafters of Rupp Arena, the home of the Wildcats. 42 individuals are recognized in this honor of bringing an outstanding contribution to the Kentucky basketball program, starting with Basil Hayden, who graduated in 1922, to Rick Pitino, who left Kentucky after the 1997 season.
The last player to be recognized was Jamal Mashburn, who left in 1993.
Since then, Kentucky has won two National Championships, and yet, no one from those teams are represented in the rafters of Rupp Arena.
Here, we will go through the history of Kentucky Basketball since Jamal Mashburn left and discuss who should have their jerseys retired along with other Kentucky greats.
It is described as someone who had an outstanding contribution to the Kentucky basketball program. I think you'll see that these players have met that criteria.
We will look at the players starting from 1993 and on. The first player will be Tony Delk; the last player will be John Wall. This does not mean that John Wall is better than Tony Delk or vice versa. That debate can be settled later.
All my stats are from Jon Scott's Kentucky Statstics Project.