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Former Kentucky basketball player, analyst Mike Pratt dies

Former Kentucky basketball player, analyst Mike Pratt dies

This photo delivered by College of Kentucky Athletics demonstrates Mike Pratt gesturing to fans just after Kentucky defeat Ga in an NCAA college or university basketball video game at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., Dec. 31, 2017. Kentucky Athletics Hall of Famer Mike Pratt, who assisted direct the Wildcats to three SEC championships and two Elite 8 appearances, has died. He was 73. Pratt, a United kingdom Sports activities Network men’s basketball radio colour analyst since 2001, died Thursday, June 16, 2022, a assertion from the university said. (Elliott Hess/United kingdom Athletics through AP)


Kentucky Athletics Corridor of Famer Mike Pratt, who served lead the Wildcats to a few SEC championships and two Elite 8 appearances, has died. He was 73.

Pratt, a Uk Sports activities Network men’s basketball radio color analyst because 2001, died Thursday, a statement from the faculty said. No result in was explained.

The Ohio indigenous performed at Kentucky from 1967-70 and was inducted into the Uk Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009, the Kentucky Sports Corridor of Fame in 2010 and the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame in 2019. The 6-foot-4 ahead averaged 16.8 points for every game and 8.9 rebounds for every outing in 81 career online games performed at Uk. Pratt also amassed 29 double-doubles and completed at Kentucky with 1,359 factors and 718 rebounds.

Kentucky Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart and basketball coach John Calipari said he would be skipped.

“Mike Pratt has been aspect of the fabric of British isles Athletics for more than a 50 %-century,” Barnhart mentioned. “As an All-America and All-SEC participant, Mike played a substantial function in our basketball background. For the last two decades, he brought our online games to existence with his insightful commentary on our radio broadcasts.”

“We shed a household member, a part of the Kentucky loved ones and a buddy. If you at any time experienced the enjoyment of meeting Mike Pratt, you understood what a exclusive person he was,” Calipari stated. “Mike realized that the College and the Major Blue Nation beloved him, and they never ever forgot what he did as a participant and then later as a connection for the plan. I’m heading to overlook him.”

Pratt performed two seasons with the Kentucky Colonels of the American Basketball Affiliation and was an assistant coach at UNC Charlotte ahead of turning into head coach of the Charlotte 49ers in 1978. Just after a stint as a specialist scout, he went into broadcasting and worked with the Charlotte Hornets Television Network, ESPN and Fox Sporting activities South.

He was at just about every Kentucky men’s basketball recreation considering the fact that the 2001-02 time as the Uk Sports activities Network’s radio shade analyst, along with perform-by-play announcer Tom Leach.

He is survived by his wife Marcia Schmidt Pratt, a daughter, a son, stepchildren and 10 grandchildren.