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What? Calipari critics won’t believe one-and-done Jarred Vanderbilt on Academic Honor Roll

Jarred Vanderbilt (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Guessing the John Calipari critics won’t pay attention to the Southeastern Conference First-Year Academic Honor Roll released Wednesday.

It takes at least a cumulative 3.0 grade-point average for the 2017 summer and fall terms along with the 2018 spring term semester to make the honor roll.

Kentucky had 78 athletes honored — fourth most in the SEC. That included 19 in baseball.

But guess who one of the athletes honored was? It was Kentucky basketball freshman Jarred Vanderbilt, a one-and-done player who was a second-round NBA draft pick. So much for the theory some have that Calipari’s one-and-doners care only about basketball and nothing else.

And by the way, Vanderbilt signed a three-year, $4.1 million deal with Denver Wednesday — not bad for a second round pick.

Jemarl Baker also made the honor roll despite being redshirted because of a knee injury.

Several other names on the honor roll jumped out at me.

Volleyball freshmen Madison Lilley , Avery Skinner and Gabby Curry, three reasons UK reached the Elite Eight, were on the list. So were four key newcomers on the softball team — Grace Baalman, Autumn Humes, Mallory Peyton and Lauren Johnson — who helped Rachel Lawson’s team reach the Elite Eight. One of the four freshmen football players named was Josh Paschal, a rising star on the team.

This is a complete list of the Kentucky athletes honored.

Student-Athlete – Sport – Major

Ben Aklinski – Baseball – Communication

Troy Black – Baseball – Communication

Trey Dawson – Baseball – Business Management

Brad Dobzanski – Baseball – Kinesiology

Zach Haake – Baseball – Communication

Spencer Harbert – Baseball – Kinesiology

Daniel Harper – Baseball – Business Management

Garrett Hastings – Baseball – Finance

Cameron Hill – Baseball – Community and Leadership Development

Ryan Johnson – Baseball – Communication

Tanner Johnson – Baseball – Business Management

Ben Jordan – Baseball – Biology

Coltyn Kessler – Baseball – Communication

Trip Lockhart – Baseball – Communication

Grant Macciocchi – Baseball – Communication

Austin Marozas – Baseball – Business Management

Andrew Miller – Baseball – Communication

Alex Rodriguez – Baseball – Communication

Ryan Shinn – Baseball – Communication

Jemarl Baker – M Basketball – Undeclared/College of Agriculture

Jarred Vanderbilt – M Basketball – Undeclared/College of Agriculture

Dorie Harrison – W Basketball – Business Management; Marketing

KeKe McKinney – W Basketball – Psychology

Kameron Roach – W Basketball – Kinesiology

Tatyana Wyatt – W Basketball – Biology

Alexander Mortimer – M Cross Country – Finance

Brooke Nohilly – W Cross Country – Family Sciences

Madisyn Peeples – W Cross Country – Kinesiology

Abule Abadi-Fitzgerald – Football – Undeclared/College of Arts & Sciences

Yusuf Corker – Football – Economics

Joshua Paschal – Football – Undeclared/College of Arts & Sciences

Clevan Thomas Jr. – Football – Community and Leadership Development

Zach Norris – M Golf – Finance

Leonie Bettel – W Golf – Civil Engineering

Claire Cameron – W Golf – Communication

Madison Averett – Gymnastics – Undeclared/ College of Fine Arts

Mackenzie Harman – Gymnastics – Kinesiology

Katherine Marianos – Gymnastics – Business Management; Marketing

Megan Monfredi – Gymnastics – Kinesiology

Allison Snyder – Gymnastics – Agricultural & Medical Biotechnology

Henrik Larsen – Rifle – Kinesiology

Hailee Sigmon – Rifle – Career and Technical Education

Nick Blassou – M Soccer – Chemistry

Kalil Elmedkhar – M Soccer – Undeclared/College of Business

Enrique Facusse – M Soccer – Business Management

Luis Hernandez – M Soccer – Computer Science

Leon Jones – M Soccer – Chemical Engineering

Bailey Rouse – M Soccer – Civil Engineering

Taya Edwards – W Soccer – Nursing

Yuuka Kurosaki – W Soccer – Undeclared/College of Arts & Sciences

Jessica Lazo – W Soccer – Integrated Strategic Communication

Eva Mitchell – W Soccer – Marketing

Caroline Newland – W Soccer – Nursing

Sophie Stewart-Hobbs – W Soccer – Undeclared/College of Business

Grace Baalman – Softball – Art Studio

Autumn Humes – Softball – Kinesiology

Lauren Johnson – Softball – Integrated Strategic Communication

Mallory Peyton – Softball – Undeclared/College of Health Sciences

Andrew Huenniger – M Swim & Dive – Community and Leadership Development

Chase Lane – M Swim & Dive – Kinesiology

Daniel Orcutt – M Swim & Dive – Business Management

Hank Siefert – M Swim & Dive – Undeclared/College of Business

Nicholas Smith – M Swim & Dive – Business Management

Bailey Bonnett – W Swim & Dive – Elementary Education

Lauren Denham – W Swim & Dive – Marketing

Lauren Edelman – W Swim & Dive – Business Management

Jaida Garrett – W Swim & Dive – Psychology

Hayley Griesser – W Swim & Dive – Communication Sciences and Disorders

Jaclyn Hill – W Swim & Dive – Kinesiology

Olivia Huffman – W Swim & Dive – Psychology

Payton Neff – W Swim & Dive – Psychology

Matthew Peare – M Track & Field – Communication

Jelani Walker – M Track & Field – Chemistry

Celera Barnes – W Track & Field – Kinesiology

Alison D’Alessandro – W Track & Field – Mathematics; Psychology

Carly Hinkle – W Track & Field – Animal Sciences

Gabby Curry – Volleyball – Business Management

Madison Lilley – Volleyball – Integrated Strategic Communication

Kendyl Paris – Volleyball – Kinesiology

Avery Skinner – Volleyball – Communication Sciences and Disorders

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