No college basketball program has been more successful than the Kentucky Wildcats have this decade.
In the past decade John Calipari has led the Wildcats to a national championship, four final four’s, six conference tournament titles and five regular-season conference championships.
With success has come several outstanding players. Here are the 10 that stood out the most to earn a spot on our All-Decade team.
Point Guard: John Wall (2010)
John Wall set the bar high at the point guard position as he opened the decade with a huge season under then first-year head coach John Calipari.
In his lone season with the Wildcats, Wall helped lead the Cats to a 35-3 regular season by averaging 16.6 points, 6.5 assists, and 4.3 rebounds.
These numbers helped Wall earn Consensus first-team All-American honors, the SEC player of the year award, and the Adolph Rupp Trophy presented to the top player in college basketball.
Wall’s award-winning freshman year helped his draft stock in a big way as the Washington Wizards selected him with the first pick of the 2010 NBA Draft.
Shooting Guard: Malik Monk (2017)
It’s hard to find a better shooter in the Calipari era than Malik Monk.
Monk played just one season with the Cats and averaged 19.8 points per game. Against North Carolina in the 2016 CBS Sports Classic Monk put together a historic performance scoring 47 points to lead the Cats to a 103-100 victory.
His monster season earned him Consensus second-team All-American honors, as well as The Jerry West Award, presented to the nation’s best shooting guard, the AP SEC Player of the Year award, first-team All-SEC honors and the SEC freshman of the year honors.
Monk would be drafted 11th overall in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets.
Small Forward: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (2012)
Micheal Kidd-Gilchrist played a key role in helping the Wildcats win the 2012 National Championship.
Gilchrist averaged 11.9 points per game with 7.4 rebounds. He also shot an outstanding 49.1% from the field.
Perhaps his best game as a Wildcat came in the NCAA tournament round of 32 against Indiana. Gilchrist dropped 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help his team advance to the sweet 16.
Gilchrist’s big season earned him Consensus second-team All-American honors and first-team SEC honors.
He was drafted second overall in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets.
Power Forward: Anthony Davis (2012)
Not only is Anthony Davis the top Wildcat of the decade, but he may also have been college basketball’s best player this decade.
Davis guided the Wildcats to the 2012 National Championship by averaging 14.2 points per game, with 10.4 rebounds and 4.7 blocks.
In the 2012 national championship game against Kansas, Davis did not have his shot but still grabbed a heroic 16 rebounds to help the Cats win their 8th title.
His historic year earned him several honors such as the NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player, Consensus national player of the year, NABC Defensive Player of the Year, SEC Player of the Year, National Freshman of the Year, Consensus first-team All-American honors and first-team All-SEC honors.
Davis was drafted first overall by the New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans in the 2012 NBA Draft.
Center:DeMarcus Cousins (2010)
There were several stellar centers for the Wildcats throughout the decade, but none was better than DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins.
Cousins helped form one of college basketball’s best duos with John Wall in 2010. The 6-11 center averaged 15.1 points per game with 9.8 rebounds. One of his most memorable moments came in the SEC Tournament championship game against Mississippi State when he hit a put-back lay-up as time expired to send the game into overtime. The Cats would go onto win the game by one point.
After the season, Cousins was named a Consensus second-team All-American, first-team All-SEC honor, and the SEC rookie of the year.
Boogie was drafted fifth overall by the Sacramento Kings in the 2010 NBA Draft.
Karl-Anthony Towns (2015)
Right behind Cousins at the center position is Karl-Anthony Towns on the all-decade team.
Towns guided the Cats to a perfect regular season with 10.3 points per game, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks. One of Towns’ best moments as a Wildcat came against Notre Dame in the Elite Eight. Towns dropped 25 points with five rebounds and four assists to punch his team’s ticket to the final four.
Among the accolades Towns earned from his phenomenal season were Consensus second-team All-American honors, first-team All-SEC honors, and the SEC Freshman of the year award.
Towns was drafted first overall in the 2015 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Jamal Murray (2016)
Along with Monk, Jamal Murray was one of the best shooters Calipari has had while at Kentucky.
In his lone season with the Cats, Murray averaged 20 points per game with 5.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists. Murray shot an impressive 45.4% from the field while at Kentucky and shot 40.8% from behind the arc.
Murray’s big season earned him AP Third-team All-American honors and First-team All-SEC honors.
He was drafted seventh overall by the Denver Nuggets in the 2016 NBA Draft.
Julias Randle (2014)
One of Calipari’s most reliable big men since coming to Lexington was Julius Randle.
As a Wildcat, the 6-9 power forward averaged a double-double with 15 points and 10.4 rebounds. Randle will best be known for helping guide Kentucky as an eight seed all the way to the national championship game. In the first three rounds of the tournament, Randle posted a double-double, including a 19 point, 15 rebound game against Kansas State in the Round of 64.
Randle was named AP third-team All-American, First-Team All-SEC and the SEC rookie of the year as a reward for his big season.
He’d be drafted seventh overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2014 NBA Draft.
De’Aaron Fox (2017)
De’Aaron Fox perhaps had the most speed of any player to wear a Kentucky uniform during the past decade.
The former Wildcat point guard averaged 16.7 points per game with 4.6 assists and four rebounds in his lone college season. Fox’s biggest performance came in the Sweet 16 against UCLA when he dropped 39 points without scoring a single three-pointer.
Fox was named first-team All-SEC and 2017 SEC Tournament MVP while at Kentucky.
He was drafted fifth overall by the Sacramento Kings in the 2017 NBA Draft.
Terrence Jones (2011-2012)
The only player to spend more than one season with the Cats to make the all-decade team is forward Terrance Jones.
In two college seasons, Jones averaged 14 points per game with eight rebounds. Jones helped the Wildcats reach the final four in both of his seasons with the team and was part of the 2012 national championship team.
Jones was named first-team All-SEC and the SEC rookie of the year in 2011 after averaging 15.7 points per game with 8.8 rebounds.
He was drafted 18th overall by the Houston Rockets in the 2012 NBA Draft.