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Mike Casey (basketball)

Mike Casey (May 26, 1948[1]-April 9, 2009[2]) was a basketball player for the University of Kentucky Wildcats from 1967 to 1971.[1] Casey was a part of what some consider to be the best recruiting class in UK history (a class which included 11 players, notably Dan Issel, Mike Pratt, Casey, and Terry Mills).[citation needed] Casey suffered a severely broken leg between his junior and senior year. Because of this, he had to redshirt what would have been his senior year, which may have cost UK a national championship in 1970. Casey was chosen in 1970 by the Chicago Bulls and later in 1971 by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but never played professionally.

Mike Casey
Personal information
Born(1948-05-26)May 26, 1948
Simpsonville, Kentucky
DiedApril 9, 2009(2009-04-09) (aged 60)
Nashville, Tennessee
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight187 lb (85 kg)
Career information
High schoolShelby County (Shelbyville, Kentucky)
CollegeKentucky (1968–1971)
NBA draft1971 / Round: 11 / Pick: 169th overall
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
PositionGuard / Forward
Career highlights and awards
  • 3x First team All-SEC (1968–1971)
  • 2x Second team All-SEC (1969, 1971)
  • Academic All-American (1971)


Casey, Kentucky's 'Mr. Basketball' in 1966, finished his career averaging 18.7 points per game, in 82 games played. The 18.7 points per game he averaged for his career ranks ninth in UK history, one-tenth of a point below Jamal Mashburn. He also led the Wildcats in free throw shooting in 1968 at 82.3%, and in assists in 1969, with 4.6 per game.

Casey had the honor of being the only man to out-score Dan Issel at the collegiate level; in their sophomore year Casey averaged 20.1 points per game to Issel's 16.4. His junior year his average dipped to 19.1 points per game. After redshirting what would have been his senior year, Casey came back to average 17.0 points per game. His final year he also shot 50.4% from the field.

Former coach Adolph Rupp said:

Casey was the best money player I ever coached. When there was money on the table, you wanted Mike Casey to have the ball in his hands.[citation needed]

Kentucky's record during Casey's three years was 67-16, an .807 winning percentage.

Casey's Shelby County team defeated Louisville Male 72-67 for the Kentucky State Championship in 1966, which was the same night that UK lost to Texas Western in the national title game.

After basketballEdit

Casey sold industrial chemicals, then worked for Balfour, a company that makes class rings and graduation items, where he later retired. [2]

He died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN after suffering from congestive heart failure since 1988. [2]


  1. ^ a b "UK Career Statistics for Mike Casey". Retrieved April 10, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c Diggs, Chris (April 10, 2009). "Former Cat Mike Casey passes away". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved April 10, 2009.