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Who is Kenny Payne’s favorite UK player?

Kenny Payne signed autographs at the UK Women’s Clinic. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LACY ROBINSON, Contributing Writer

During the Kentucky Women’s Clinic, one question for assistant basketball coach Kenny Payne was who was his favorite player that he had coached at Kentucky.

“I would get in trouble if I answered just one guy,” Payne said. “Every year there are special young men that come through this program that it is a joy to be in their life.”

For Payne it started with Terrence Jones and Brandon Knight before going to Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. He said the list could go on and on.

“You are in their life and they call and tell you how they are doing,” Payne said.

Payne said the bond with players that even fans feels sometimes makes it easy to assume success comes easily.

“This program has had so much success over the time Cal has been here that sometimes we as fans and in the media  say next year’s team will be just as good (as the past year),” Payne said. “This is each person coming into this program has to earn that success.

“We take it for granted sometimes just how good the players were the year before. We had some hell of basketball players here. As good as last year? To me personally, I thought we were a national championship team last year.”

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