basketball-men-d1 flag

Kentucky Athletics | April 30, 2016

Kentucky basketball: Wildcats legend Ed Davender passes away

  Davender ranks 11th on Kentucky’s all-time scoring list with 1,637 points.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former Kentucky men’s basketball player Ed Davender died Thursday night after suffering a heart attack earlier in the week. He was 49 years old.

Davender, who starred at UK from 1985-88, currently ranks 11th on Kentucky’s all-time scoring list with 1,637 points. A two-time All-Southeastern Conference selection, Davender led Kentucky to two SEC regular-season and tournament championships in 1986 and 1988 and four NCAA tournament appearances.

“We are terribly saddened to hear that we’ve lost Ed Davender,” UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “Our condolences go out to Ed’s family and friends during this very trying time. The Big Blue Nation will keep Ed and his family in their thoughts and prayers.”

With 1,637 career points and 436 total assists, Davender owns the illustrious distinction as the only player in school history with at least 1,500 points and at least 400 assists in a career. He ranks eighth all-time in assists and fourth in steals (191).

Twice Davender led the Wildcats in steals for a season and in 1988 he led the Wildcats in assists. Though he never led the Wildcats in scoring while playing alongside Kenny Walker and Rex Chapman, he averaged in double figures in three of his four seasons, including 15 or more in his final two.

He made 438 free throws in his career, more than any other Wildcat guard in school history.

Davender was eventually drafted No. 60 overall in the 1988 NBA Draft by the Washington Bullets.

A 6-foot-2 guard from Brooklyn, New York, Davender came to UK as a Parade All-American and a McDonald’s All-American. He played under head coaches Joe B. Hall and Eddie Sutton.
 

2019 NCAA Softball Tournament: Bracket, schedule, scores for Friday Super Regionals

The 2019 NCAA Softball Tournament Super Regionals continue today, May 26. Check out the bracket, schedule and scores below.
READ MORE

2019 NCAA softball tournament: A complete guide to the super regionals

The 2019 NCAA Division I softball super regionals tournament kicks off Thursday with the first set of games. Here’s everything you need to know about the 16 teams that remain in the hunt a spot at the 2019 women’s college world series. 
READ MORE

5 rising women’s college basketball stars for the 2019-20 season

Nalyssa Smith, Evelyn Adebayo, Haley Jones, Janelle Bailey and Rhyne Howard are a few women's basketball players who could breakout and become stars in the 2019-20 season.
READ MORE

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners