WUKY SportsPage Episode 37: Wildcat Basketball Great Dan Issel

Feb 19, 2021

Dan Issel’s basketball career at Kentucky and in the professional ranks has placed him in numerous Halls of Fame, including the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the UK Athletics Hall of Fame, Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame, Colorado Sports Hall of Fame and others.

He scored 2,138 points in three seasons at Kentucky, averaging just under 26 points a game for his career. That’s a record for the men's program that has stood for 50 years. He went on to play professionally with the Kentucky Colonels in the ABA and the Denver Nuggets of the NBA, and was an all-star in both leagues.  At the time of his retirement as a player in 1985, only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain and Julius Erving had scored more points as a professional player.  He has been an NBA coach and executive, and is currently president of the NBA2Lou initiative, an effort to bring NBA basketball to Louisville.

  

Dan Issel in his playing days at UK
Credit UK Athletics

  

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