It’s April. 20 and that means it’s time to look at three of the greatest Kentucky Wildcats to dawn the No. 20 on their uniform.
Here we find a UK Athletic Hall of Famer, one of coach Joe B. Hall’s first star players and a Football star with one of the best nicknames in college football history.
Jimmy Dan Conner (Men’s Basketball 1972-75)
A member of Joe B. Hall’s first three UK Basketball teams’ Jimmy Dan Conner, became one of the best to put on a Kentucky uniform in the 1970s.
Conner was named All-SEC and a Third Team All-American during the 1972-73 season as he averaged 11.7 points per game. He averaged 12 points per game during the 1973-74 season he put together his best season yet in his final year in Lexington. During the 1974-75 campaign, Conner averaged a career-high 12.3 points per game with 3.4 assists to earn All-SEC and Third Team All-American Honors.
He was also named to the All- NCAA Regional Team as he led UK to the National Championship game where they would fall to John Wooden and UCLA.
After, Conner was drafted in the second round of the 1975 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns.
John “Shipwreck” Kelly Football 1928-31)
Next up, we find a player with one greatest nicknames in College Football History: Kentucky running back John “Shipwreck” Kelly.
Kelly wrecked through opposing defenses. After sitting out much of the 1928 season, Kelly was quoted saying, “I knew I could play and that I could run like hell.” In the Wildcats final game of the season, he scored three touchdowns against Centre College to earn the starting job in 1929.
The team lost just one game in 1929 and it was with Kelly sidelined. In 1931 he ran for 1,074 yards averaging 6.3 yards per carry. He was named to the College Football All-Southern three times (1929, 1930, 1931) and after running a 9.8-second 100-yard dash was named “the fastest man in the South.”
Pam Browning (Women’s Basketball (1974-1978)
Our final No. 20 is a UK Athletic Hall of Famer and one of the best players in Kentucky Women’s Basketball history: Pam Browning.
Browning became one of just two players in UK women’s basketball history to be named All-America by Street & Smith’s annual publication in 1977. She averaged an incredible 25.5 points in 1976-77 to earn the honor.
She averaged 14.9 points during her four-year career and was enshrined into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011.