1996 Kentucky Basketball Roster; Mark Pope Now in Charge at U.K.

1996 Kentucky Basketball Roster
Front Row: Assistant Coach Delray Brooks, Head Coach Rick Pitino, Allen Edwards, Derek Anderson, Jeff Sheppard, Tony Delk, Anthony Epps, Cameron Mills, Wayne Turner, Associate Coach Jim O’Brien, Assistant Coach Winston Bennett Back Row: Equipment Manager Bill Keightley, Administrative Assistant George Barber, Jason Lathrem, Oliver Simmons, Nazr Mohammed, Mark Pope, Walter McCarty, Antoine Walker, Jared Prickett, Ron Mercer, Trainer Eddie Jamiel, Assistant Strength Coach Layne Kaufman, Strength Coach Shaun Brown @UK Athletics

The 1996 Kentucky Basketball roster has been in the news a lot recently. With the former star-center now the head coach at the University of Kentucky, everyone is interested in looking at the history behind the new coach. He was the leader on the team coached by Rick Pitino. The team won the 1996 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament championship going 34-2 on the season. We’ll take a quick look at the team, who all went on to play in the NBA and more. 

How Many Players from the 1996 Kentucky Basketball Roster Played in the NBA? 

The 1995-1996 Kentucky basketball team is also known as the “Untouchables.” We saw nine players from the team go on to play in the NBA. They were (in alphabetical order): Derek Anderson, Tony Delk, Walter McCarty, Ron Mercer. Nazr Mohammed, Mark Pope, Jeff Sheppard, Wayne Turner, and Antoine Walker. This was the first NCAA men’s basketball championship for Kentucky in just about two decades. The team would defeat Syracuse in the championship game, 76-67. 

High School Parade All-Americans on the Roster

Out of the nine players who would go on to play in the NBA, six were high school Parade All-Americans. These players are: Antoine Walker, Jeff Sheppard, Ron Mercer, Tony Delk, Walter McCarty, and Wayne Turner. Of course, Jeff Sheppard’s son, Reed Sheppard was a star guard for the 2023-24 Kentucky Wildcat team under then Coach John Calipari. 

1996 Kentucky Basketball Roster

Now Coach Mark Pope was the center for the 1996 Kentucky basketball roster. He averaged 7.6 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per contest. 

Tony DelkSRG6-117.8 Pts, 4.2 Reb, 1.8 Ast
Antoine WalkerSOF6-815.2 Pts, 8.4 Reb, 2.9 Ast
Walter McCartySRF6-1011.3 Pts, 5.7 Reb, 2.6 Ast
Derek AndersonJRF6-59.4 Pts, 3.4 Reb, 2.4 Ast
Ron MercerFRF6-78.0 Pts, 2.9 Reb, 1.4 Ast
Mark PopeSRC6-107.6 Pts, 5.2 Reb, 1.0 Ast
Anthony EppsJRG6-26.7 Pts, 3.1 Reb, 4.9 Ast
Jeff SheppardJRG6-35.5 Pts, 2.1 Reb, 1.9 Ast
Wayne TurnerFRG6-24.5 Pts, 1.5 Reb, 1.6 Ast
Allen EdwardsSOF6-53.3 Pts, 1.1 Reb, 1.2 Ast
Nazr MohammedFRC6-102.3 Pts, 1.5 Reb, 0.2 Ast
Oliver SimmonsFRF6-81.8 Pts, 1.1 Reb, 0.1 Ast
Jared PrickettSRF6-83.4 Pts, 1.6 Reb, 0.6 Ast
Cameron MillsSOG6-30.9 Pts, 0.3 Reb, 0.1 Ast
Jason LathremFRF6-80.5 Pts, 0.3 Reb, 0.3 As
1996 Kentucky Basketball Roster

1996 Kentucky Wildcat Basketball Highlights (Documentary)

Here are some highlights that I like from the 1996 Kentucky team. Fans are hoping that Mark Pope will bring the Wildcats back to prominence and a deep run in the 2025 NCAA Men’s basketball tournament. We’ll have to wait and see. But for now, the documentary for the team. 

Will Lewis

Have been covering sports of all types for more than 18 years. March Madness is my favorite time of year before we hit the NBA and NHL playoffs. Will is a lifelong Kentucky Wildcats fan and rooted for the Bengals way back when Joe Montana dashed our hopes and dreams. Now a Padres fan as well. He covers all sports here at Sports Brackets.

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