Content provided by Jerry Tipton on UK basketball.
No Kentucky player will be on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s college basketball issue. The magazine will again have four regional covers.
The players on the covers are Duke’s Nolan Smith, Michigan State’s Kalin Lucas, Kansas State’s Jacob Pullen and Washington’s Isaiah Thomas.
Here are some “fun” facts Sports Illustrated noted while saying which players would be on the covers:
- Smith’s appearance on the cover marked the 19th in Duke history, which is eighth all time amongst college athletic programs.
- Lucas has appeared on the cover three times – one more than Magic Johnson during his career at Michigan State. Overall, it is the 10th time the Spartans have graced the cover.
- Kansas State has had to wait nearly 30 years in between covers. Their lone appearance before this week was the March 23, 1981, issue featuring Rolando Blackman.
- This is the second straight year that Isaiah Thomas has graced the West regional cover of the College Basketball Preview.