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Kentucky Greats: #15, Frank Ramsey

Posted by ibleedblue040 on March 24, 2008

Frank Ramsey is most known for being one of the first true all around players for the Kentucky Wildcats. Ramsey could shoot from the outside, inside, left, right, or anywhere else. Ramsey was only 6’3″ but that did not stop him from ranking near the top in UK history with 1,038 rebounds, he was the original Rajon Rondo who could shoot a little better. Ramsey also ranks near the top in many field goal attempts records because he was the best player on the floor for three consecutive years for the Cats. Ramsey was a three time All-American at Kentucky, only the second player to make three consecutive All-American teams at UK. In his three seasons at Kentucky Ramsey compiled an unbelievable 86-5 record overall, or a winning percentage of .945, one of the top 5 winning percentages of all-time at Kentucky. Ramsey was in the middle of a dynasty at Kentucky, he was a part of the third National Championship at Kentucky in four years. Ramsey was also on just the fourth 30 win team at Kentucky as a sophmore on the National Championship team. Here are a few of Frank Ramsey’s accomplishments: 

  • Ramsey ranks 26th all-time at Kentucky with 1,344 career points
  • Ramsey is 2nd on Kentucky’s all-time rebounds list with 1,038 career rebounds
  • Ramsey also attempted 1,313 field goals, the 14th most all-time 
  • As a sophomore at Kentucky Ramsey was on the First Team All-SEC, All-SEC Tournament team, and was chosen as a Third Team All-American. Also as a sophomore in 1951 Ramsey won a National Championship with a 32-2 (.941) record.
  •  As a junior Ramsey again made First Team All-SEC, All-SEC Tournament team, and was selected to the Second Team All-American
  •  In his senior season with the Wildcats Ramsey made First Team All-SEC for the third consecutive year and also was a Second Team All-American

Another reason why Ramsey is on the list as a Kentucky Great is because he has his jersey retired in the raffters in Rupp Arena. He was the 13th player to have the honor of getting his jersey retired and he was one of 3 players on the 1951 National Championship team to get his jersey retired.

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