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With Mark Lyons making two visits to Lexington in two days I think it’s safe to say that the shooting guard from Xavier has a definite interest in the Cats. If Lyons does come to Lexington he would join Ryan Harrow as the latest two players to transfer and possibly make a major impact on the team. Both of those have the potential to make an elite list. That list is the most impactful transfers. Over the years Kentucky has had a lot of players transfer in and become a legendary player in blue and white which has earned them inclusion on this list. Player like:
Kyle Macy: Thinking about Kyle Macy as a transfer is hard to believe, he was such a beloved player it’s hard to imagine he almost wasn’t a Cat. But it’s true, Macy spent his first year of college at Purdue before deciding to leave the Boilermakers and join the Blue and White. Once he arrived in Lexington Macy became a Kentucky legend, as he won a national championship and became the first SEC POY from KY. (Acronym overload) Kyle finished his career as a first team All- American and ended up with his jersey hanging in the rafters. The greatest transfer to come to Kentucky.
Travis Ford: Ford was an in state kid who opted to head west to Missouri. Since everyone knows that there is nothing worthwhile Columbia he quickly realized his mistake and found his way back home. Ford finished his career with the Cats as the SEC tournament MVP and helped the Cats reach their first final four in almost ten years. The Kentucky Effect then helped launch him through the coaching ranks and he is now the coach at OK St. I think had he stayed at Missouri he would have wound up sad and alone with no coaching prospects, instead he became a transfer with an impact.
Derek Anderson: Another player from Kentucky who went out of state before coming back home. Derek Anderson helped win the title in 96 and probably would have made the difference in 97 had he not gone down to a knee injury. Anderson originally went to Ohio St. but Pitino reeled him back to Lexington and the rest is history.
Patrick Sparks: When Western Kentucky came into Rupp Arena and won everyone knew there would have to be some sort of retribution. That vengeance came when Kentucky took one of the Hilltopper’s best young players in Sparks. Once at Kentucky Sparks became a three point shooting legend and hit a number of clutch shots, plus he was an in-state kid so everyone could rally behind him. Sparks transfer worked out well for both him and UK as the Kentucky Effect propelled him to the Soviet Bloc and he is now playing in the Ukraine.
Ryan Harrow and Mark Lyons would join an impressive list of transfers.There have also been some great guys like Jorts from the JuCo. ranks to come to Kentucky but I did not include them in this list because they aren’t real transfers. Hopefully those two guys can have the same impact as the four guys on this list.
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