By LARRY VAUGHT
GEORGETOWN — One of my favorite events each year is the Tyler Hicks Memorial Scholarship dinner at Scott County High School that awards a $10,000 college scholarship to a recent Scott County graduate based on academics, athletics and all-around excellence.
Tyler Hicks played basketball for his father, Billy Hicks, at Scott County and was a University of Kentucky graduate. He was a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army when he was killed in an automobile accident in 2012.
Former All-American Kenny Walker was this year’s guest speaker and obviously had a lot of terrific memories and stories to share (and I will have more of them for you in the future). But just know that they Final Four loss to Georgetown still haunts him like it does most Kentucky fans.
Remember that was the UK team that had a front-line of 7-footers Sam Bowie and Melvin Turpin along with “Sky” Walker. Yet somehow UK went 3-for-33 from the field in the second half and not a single starter had a field goal.
Walker still remembers the shooting statistics and said perhaps the most upset he ever saw coach Joe Hall was when James Blackmon made a second-half steal but instead of dunking he tried a finger roll shot that rolled off the rim.
“That was kind of the story of the whole game for us,” Walker told the crowd. “We just could not make a shot.
“I had an amazing career at Kentucky but some of the losses are what I remember most because of how they hurt and none hurt more than Georgetown. Patrick Ewing was on that Georgetown team and a few years later was my teammate with the New York Knicks. He never let me live that down.
“I told him that was just a weird night and it would never happen again. He liked to think their defense intimidate us but that was not it. We just could not make a shot.”