Former Kentucky basketball participant, analyst Mike Pratt dies

Kentucky Athletics Hall of Famer Mike Pratt, who helped lead the Wildcats to a few SEC championships and  Elite Eight appearances, has died. He turned into seventy three.

Pratt, a UK Sports Network men’s basketball radio colour analyst for the reason that 2001, died Thursday, a assertion from the faculty said. No motive turned into described.

The Ohio local performed at Kentucky from 1967-70 and became inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009, the Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame in 2019. 

The 6-foot-four ahead averaged sixteen.Eight points per recreation and 8.Nine rebounds per trip in eighty one career games played at UK. 

Pratt also collected 29 double-doubles and completed at Kentucky with 1,359 points and 718 rebounds.

Kentucky Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart and basketball educate John Calipari stated he could be ignored.

“Mike Pratt has been part of the fabric of UK Athletics for more than a half of-century,” Barnhart said. “As an All-America and All-SEC participant, Mike performed a sizeable function in our basketball records. 

For the ultimate  decades, he added our games to existence with his insightful observation on our radio pronounces."

“We lost a member of the family, a part of the Kentucky family and a friend. If you ever had the satisfaction of meeting Mike Pratt, you knew what a special character he become,” Calipari said.

“Mike knew that the University and the Big Blue Nation loved him, and that they by no means forgot what he did as a participant and then later as a connection for this system. I’m going to miss him.”

Pratt performed two seasons with the Kentucky Colonels of the American Basketball Association and turned into an assistant teach at UNC Charlotte before turning into head instruct of the Charlotte 49ers in 1978.

After a stint as a professional scout, he went into broadcasting and worked with the Charlotte Hornets Television Network, ESPN and Fox Sports South.

He changed into at every Kentucky guys's basketball recreation for the reason that 2001-02 season as

the United Kingdom Sports Network’s radio coloration analyst, alongside play-via-play announcer Tom Leach.