Tubby Smith and the Rupp Raft
The Rupp rafters are coming to High Point, North Carolina on December 31st to honor the great Tubby Smith. High Point has won the national championship seven times and will bring the team to Rupp Arena to take part in the Tubby Smith Tribute. This year’s team features an all-star lineup with a strong young core. With so much talent on display, this is sure to be an incredible night.
The Rupp Arena was one of the first basketball arenas to feature a rafter. This is where players like Tony Delk hang their jerseys. As a former Tennessee guard, Delk was a high-scoring guard. He led his state in scoring two years in a row. However, he needed a little work to get better with his ball-handling, understanding of the game, and defense. Fortunately, Rupp was willing to make that happen.
During his college career, Delk averaged 17.9 points against ranked opponents. Only twice in his career did he fail to hit double digits. That said, he was a money shot even in the most difficult games, such as a thirty-pointer against Louisville in his senior year. But his numbers speak for themselves. If you are a basketball fan, there are few players that can match those career numbers.
While the Rupp rafters have a lot of other Kentucky basketball legends, few players can match the legendary star of the 1996 national championship. Delk, a 6-foot-1 guard from Brownsville, Tenn., led any college team in scoring three straight seasons and was named the SEC Player of the Year in his senior season. Despite his legendary stats, Delk has since become a college assistant coach.
The university’s basketball program has a tradition of honoring players by hanging their jerseys in the rafters of Rupp Arena. Since 1922, 42 individuals have been honored for their contributions to the Kentucky basketball program. From Basil Hayden, who graduated in 1922, to Rick Pitino, who left the school after the 1997 season, to Jamal Mashburn, who was named Final Four MVP in 1993, Kentucky has honoured many great players with this honor.
The UK basketball team recently hung Tubby Smith’s jersey on the Rupp rafters to honor his legendary career. The jersey featured Smith’s name and the years he coached for the Wildcats. At the ceremony, Smith expressed gratitude for the honor and spoke about his Kentucky connection with pride. After coaching at UK for two seasons, Smith came back as Pitino’s successor in 1997.
In honor of the former Kentucky coach, the Wildcats unveiled a special jersey that was retired before Tuesday’s game against High Point. Smith, who left the Wildcats in 2007, was a fixture on Kentucky’s campus for nearly three decades. During his tenure, his teams won the national championship in their first season under Smith. His teams also won the SEC championship, five SEC tournaments, and never missed the NCAA Tournament.
Tubby Smith was accompanied by his family, his sons, and former players during the ceremony. During the ceremony, Smith shook hands with fans and signed autographs. The Rupp rafters were filled with fans who came to see the legend. He will always be a member of the Big Blue Nation. You can join the conversation by reaching out to Calipari, Dick Vitale, or Rick Pitino. It is time to bring Tubby Smith’s name to the National Basketball Hall of Fame.
The Rupp rafters are home to the legendary coach Tubby Smith. Coach Smith spent several years at Texas Tech before becoming head coach of the Wildcats. He was later hired as the head coach of the University of Memphis, where he coached for two seasons. From 2017 to 2018, Smith was also the head coach at High Point University. In April, he received a rousing ovation before the game and continues to enjoy it.
Kentucky Wildcats guard Oscar Tshiebwe has made an impression on the Big Blue Nation and in the Kentucky basketball record books. A native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tshiebwe has had an incredible year. In fact, his averages and accolades are comparable to any player in the program’s history. But how did he become a Kentucky Wildcat?
In the season opener against Western Kentucky, Tshiebwe grabbed a game-high 28 rebounds. That is a Rupp Arena record. The previous mark was twenty, set by Shaquille O’Neal against Kentucky in 1990. Tshiebwe also outscored Western Kentucky by more than 20 points. He also made six 3-pointers. The record will remain until the last game in Rupp Arena, so Tshiebwe will be remembered for the rest of his life.
Oscar Tshiebwe’s reach is uncanny. He rebounds the ball like it’s magnetic. He doesn’t have the size or the leap to be a star, but his play provides Kentucky with an edge in a key category, and his dazzling athleticism leaves his teammates speechless. Coach John Calipari wants fans to hold up their Rs when they see Tshiebwe’s incredible stat line.
Oscar Tshiebwe has filled the trophy cabinet in one season. The impact he had on Kentucky’s basketball program is beyond quantification. Tshiebwe is an amazing ambassador for his university and a role model for young people in the region. He has earned a place in the Rupp rafters and in the hearts of his teammates. There is no better way to pay tribute to a true legend.
A movie clip from “The Flying Circus” has the famous “Fabulous Five” flying through the rafters of Rupp Arena. The team, comprised of Alex Groza, Cliff Hagan, Lou Tsioropoulous, Gayle Rose and Bill Evans, won two national championships and Olympic Gold in 1948. Currently, the film is a staple in Rupp Arena and is a must-see for fans.
The Rupp rafters of Rupp Arena are adorned with the jersey of Kentucky basketball great, Jerry Bird. The legendary basketball player was inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005, and his jersey hangs in the rafters. A member of the Kentucky basketball team from 1954 to 1957, Bird averaged 17.5 points per game and racked up 589 rebounds per game. He was named All-SEC Second Team in 1955 and 1956 and was named a SEC All-Star in 1954.
A game featuring nearly 22,000 Wildcat fans, the visiting Panthers’ coach Tubby Smith was met with a standing ovation by Kentucky fans. The roar could be heard from floor level to the rafters, and Smith joined 43 other UK legends in the hall. A special place in Rupp Arena is reserved for the rafters. It is hoops heaven. But what happens when a legendary basketball player or coach is honored?
The Blue and White banner in Rupp Arena’s rafters is an unforgettable symbol for Kentucky. The collegiate basketball team was crowned NCAA champions in 2012 and is immortalized for all time in Lexington. The rafters will honor a new class of Wildcats in 2017. The next two players in line for the rafters should be Tayshaun Prince and Anthony Davis. The blue and white banner is a relic of the legendary 2012 team.
Among those honored at the University of Kentucky are former basketball players who made a lasting impact on the program. Several Wildcats-oriented Web sites questioned whether UK should retire Davis’ jersey. While the Chicago native played only one season for the Wildcats, he carved a name for himself as the team’s difference-maker. In the process, he became the first modern UK player to sweep the major national college hoops player of the year honors.
After graduating from Kentucky, Anthony Davis has already made an impact on the basketball world. In a single season, he dominated the shot blocking record, won the NCAA’s Most Outstanding Player award, and was named Final Four Most Valuable Player. His achievements have landed him in the NBA draft and the nation’s top drafts. While it’s impossible to know if his NBA career will end before he’s inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame, there are many reasons for a new jersey to honor him.
While Kentucky basketball rules have tightened since 2005, the era of a one-year wonder is wellserved by the school’s fans. The team, led by Self, is loaded with NBA prospects, most of them freshmen and sophomores. However, the six-foot-10 freshman is the most prominent one. After his first season, he compiled 18 points, 14 rebounds, five blocks, and broke several blocked shots records. Those statistics are enough to guarantee that Anthony Davis will one day be retired in Kentucky’s rafters.