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LEXINGTON, Ky. --- John Wall may have just spent one season at Kentucky, but he officially is being recognized as one of the greats in program history.
Wall headlines the 2017 UK Hall of Fame class announced Monday. The class also includes Green Bay Packers star Randall Cobb, San Diego Padres outfielder Collin Cowgill and broadcaster Ralph Hacker.
In his one season at UK, Wall was named the USBWA National Freshman of the Year and a consensus first-team All-American. He won the Adolph Rupp Trophy, becoming the first national player of the year in program history. Wall set the single-season UK assists record (which was since broken by Tyler Ulis) while averaging 16.6 points and 6.5 assists per game. After his one season at UK, Wall became the first No. 1 pick in program history when the Washington Wizards selected him with the top pick in the 2010 NBA draft. Wall has been named a NBA All-Star four times through his first seven seasons as a professional.
Cobb was named a first-team All-American as a junior while setting the Southeastern Conference’s single-season record for all-purpose yards (2,396). Playing as a quarterback, wide receiver and kick returner, he set the UK career record for total touchdowns (37) despite playing just three seasons in Lexington before declaring for the NFL Draft. A second-round pick of the Green Bay Packers in 2011, Cobb was named to the Pro Bowl in 2014.
You can read UK’s bios for the other 2017 Hall of Fame inductees below:
Sherry Hoover Bordner, Cross Country/Indoor Track/Outdoor Track (1986-89): A seven-time All-America honoree … Won SEC championships in the mile and on a pair of relay teams during her career … Set 10 school records during her career, including outdoor records in the 800- and 1,500-meter runs, 4x800 meter relay and the distance medley relay, and indoor records in the 1,500 meter run and 4x800 meter relay … Broke outdoor freshman record in the 800 meters and indoor freshman records in the 1000-yard run, 1,500-meter run and the mile … Member of the 1988 national champion cross country squad, which remains the only women’s national championship team at UK.
Collin Cowgill, Baseball (2005-08): One of the top players in Kentucky baseball history, paced UK from a last-place finish in 2005 to its first-ever SEC Championship in 2006 … First-team All-America in 2008 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, leading UK to a then-record 44 wins and a berth in the NCAA Tournament … Also first-team All-SEC by the league coaches … A two-time Academic All-America selection … Ranks among the UK career leaders in runs, homers, RBI, walks, on-base percentage, sac bunts, sac flies, hit by pitches and steals … Fifth-round pick by Arizona in the 2008 MLB Draft … Reached the majors in 2011 and has played for the Diamondbacks, the Oakland Athletics, the New York Mets, the Los Angeles Angels and Cleveland Indians.
Ralph Hacker, Broadcaster (1966-2000): Spent 34 years on the UK Radio Network … Served as the men’s basketball analyst for many years with legendary broadcaster Cawood Ledford … Following Ledford’s retirement, he took over play-by-play duties for eight years, including UK’s 1996 and 1998 national championship seasons … The play-by-play voice of the Wildcat football team for five seasons … Was president of HMH Broadcasting, building a prominent network that featured then-UK flagship station WVLK … Also hosted head coaches’ pregame and postgame shows, as well as the weekly “Big Blue Line” call-in shows … All totaled, he was on the radio call for three men’s basketball national championships, seven Final Fours and four football bowl games.
Sarah Rumely, Volleyball (2006-09): Only player in program history to be named SEC Freshman of the Year (2006) and SEC Player of the Year (2008) … Two-time AVCA All-American … Four-time All-SEC … Academic All-American third team … Led team to NCAA Tournament four times, including the Sweet 16 in 2009 … Finished career owning UK records in career assists (5,703) and aces (165) … 5,703 career assists also ranked fifth all-time in SEC history … Capped career ranking in the top 10 in sets played (3rd), block assists (9th), digs and attack percentage (10th) … Only player to record a triple-double in a match in program history (10 kills, 56 assists, 18 digs vs. Ole Miss) … Led team to No. 7 national ranking in ‘09 … Played professionally overseas … Currently an assistant coach at LSU.