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UK basketball recruits at Derby Festival Classic, 1992

Posted on April 22, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by

From left, University of Kentucky basketball recruits Jared Prickett, Tony Delk and Walter McCarty, April 22, 1992, at Jeffersontown High School in Louisville during practice for the Derby Festival Classic all-star game. Prickett, West Virginia’s 6-foot-8 Mr. Basketball, was refered to by Kentucky coach Rick Pitino as “a more talented version of (Deron) Feldhaus and (John) Pelphrey.” In his senior season at Fairmont West High School he averaged a triple-double: 20 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists. Delk, Tennessee’s Mr. Basketball, led his state in scoring the previous two years, averaging 37.5 points as a junior and 38.6 as a senior for Haywood High. His high-arching, long-range three-pointers were a trademark. McCarty played for William Henry Harrison High School in Evansville, Ind., where he averaged 22 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots. At the time of this picture, McCarty said Pitino wanted him to bulk up from his 192-pound frame to hold his own at UK. Three days later, at the all-star game in Freedom Hall, UK fans dominated the crowd of 10,705 and roared every time Delk, McCarty and Prickett did something right. “That kind of surprised me, ” Prickett said, “Being up here in Louisville, and Lexington being a while away, there were a lot more Kentucky fans here than I expected.” If Wildcat fans had a favorite, it was 6-foot-10 McCarty, who had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and made the finals of the slam-dunk contest. Prickett no slouch in the hustle department, either. He had nine points, 12 rebounds and three steals. Delk, however, had an off night, missing 10 of 11 shots, scoring just three points and losing the three-point shooting contest at halftime to Notre Dame signee Keith Kurowski. The 2017 all-star game featured one UK signee. Photo by David Perry | Staff

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