Harris still remembered at Kentucky (Basketball)

January 14, 2011
Ramon Harris

When people think of last season’s University of Kentucky men’s basketball team, they imagine the five first-round NBA draft picks.

Not Ramon Harris of Anchorage.

But Kentucky coach John Calipari hasn’t forgotten Harris. The 6-foot-7 forward didn’t put up monster numbers because his role was defined by defense and dirty work, a take-one-for-the-team mindset Calipari wants his current players to absorb.

In fact, he considers Harris a basketball role model.

“Last year, Ramon shot 12 percent from three and couldn’t make a free throw,” Calipari told Kentucky.com. “But I could keep him in the game because he’d defend and rebound.”

Harris, of West High fame, is the only Alaska player to suit up for Kentucky, a granddaddy in college basketball. During his four years he helped the Wildcats win 70 percent of the time in a career that stretched 106 games and included 55 starts.

He was on the floor the night Kentucky became the NCAA’s first program with 2,000 all-time wins. And he played in a half dozen NCAA Tournament games, scoring in four of them.

For his career, Harris scored 358 points, grabbed 294 rebounds and dished 108 assists.