Former Kentucky Wildcat standout John Pelphrey (pictured) will be covering college basketball games for the SEC Network this winter, it was announced recently (Nov. 4). The former Arkansas head coach -- who played at Paintsville High School during the 1980s and was Kentucky's Mr. Basketball -- will work as a game analyst.
A 2015 inductee of Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame, Pelphrey, 47, played as a member of Coach Rick Pitino's "The Unforgettables" at Kentucky. After serving as an assistant for Coach Eddie Sutton at Oklahoma State, he took a similar post at Marshall and Florida, both under Coach Billy Donovan. He then took head coaching jobs at South Alabama for five years and Arkansas (four years). After leaving Arkansas, he returned to Florida as an assistant for Donovan.
Also joining the SEC Network for the 2015-16 season are former LSU & NBA star Glen "Big Baby" Davis, ex-Gator & NBA star Andrew DeClercq, former Georgia women’s basketball coach Andy Landers and ex-Tennessee Lady Vols standout Candace Parker.
The season gets underway across the ESPN family of networks on Friday, Nov. 13 with an SEC Network doubleheader showcasing Albany at No. 1 Kentucky at 7 p.m., followed by Eastern Washington at Mississippi State at 9 p.m. and an ESPNU doubleheader (an early-round game of the 2K Classic featuring Siena at No. 5 Duke at 7 p.m., followed by McNeese State at LSU.)
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