In a star-crossed Kentucky Wildcats basketball career, Dwight Anderson was little more than a one-and-done player for Joe B. Hall in the late 1970s.
Nevertheless, the electrifying 6-foot-3 guard left a lasting imprint on UK’s regal men’s basketball history that has endured for four decades.
The Dayton, Ohio, product was found dead Saturday in his bedroom in his hometown. The cause of death is pending an autopsy. Anderson was 59.
When Hall and his ace recruiter Leonard Hamilton won a fierce recruiting battle with Michigan to bring Anderson to Lexington, they had gained for Kentucky a player unlike any it had ever had before.
At the time, it seemed UK had landed its own version of Darrell Griffith, the former Male High School star guard who would go on to lead Louisville to the 1980 NCAA title.
To put Anderson’s ability in a modern context, he was something of a