It’s April 25 and that means it’s time to look at three of the greatest Kentucky Wildcats to dawn the No. 25 on their uniform.
Here we find stars from three different sport that dawned the No. 25 jersey.
PJ Washington (Men’s Basketball 2017-19)
It did not appear PJ Washington would earn a spot on this list after his freshman season. Despite averaging 10.8 points and 5.7 rebounds, Washington’s first year at Kentucky did not go as planned.
The McDonalds All-American shot just 23.8% from behind the three-point line and in the Sweet 16 of the 2018 NCAA Tournament missed 12 free throws in what ended up being the difference to allow Kansas State to pull off an upset victory.
As a sophomore, Washington put the rough first year behind him and become one of the nation’s top players. The forward averaged 15.2 points per game with 7.5 rebounds and shot 42.3% from behind the three-point line.
After missing the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament with an injury, Washington returned in the Sweet 16 against Houston and scored 16 points and picked up a crucial block that would lead to a Tyler Herro three on the offensive end to seal the victory. In the Elite Eight vs. Auburn, Washington scored 28 points, but the Cats fell short in overtime.
Washington was named a Third-Team All-American and First-Team SEC honor. He was drafted 12th overall in the 2019 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets.
Marc Logan (Football 1983-86)
We go to the gridiron to find our next great No. 25 in prolific running back and return man Marc Logan. Logan ran for 1,769 yards in four years at Kentucky, adding 11 rushing touchdowns.
In the 1984 Hall of Fame Bowl Logan ran for two touchdowns and returned a kick 85 yards to lead Kentucky passed Wisconsin. That year he led the SEC with 26.3 yards per kick return.
His best season came in 1985 when he ran for a career-high 715 yards with three touchdowns while adding 207 receiving yards and five touchdown receptions. t His 1,029 yards from scrimmage on the season finished fourth in the SEC.
The Cincinnati Bengals drafted Logan in the fifth round of the 1987 NFL Draft. He helped Cincinnati reach Super Bowl 23 and later in his career was a member of the San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl 29 championship team.
Ka’ai Tom (Baseball 2014-15)
Our final No. 25 had a terrific two-year run for the Kentucky Baseball program. After one year of Junior College, Ka’ai Tom arrived in Lexington in 2014 and made an immediate impact.
Tom hit .328 as a sophomore in 2014 with three homers and 41 RBI’s. He finished the season with a .414 on-base percentage and a .436 slugging mark, stole 14 basses on 18 attempts and did not make a single error in the outfield the entire season. In league play, Tom finished second in the SEC with a .373 average to help solidify First-Team All-SEC honors.
In 2015, Tom had another dynamic season as he hit .375 with five home runs and 51 RBI’s.
Tom was drafted in the 5th round of the 2015 MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians and decided to sign with the team. He has yet to make his major league debut but did reach Triple-A in 2019.