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Podcast: Jeff Sheppard Talks his UK Career, Tyler Herro, and More


Former Kentucky Wildcat Jeff Sheppard joined the Go Big Blue Country Podcast to talk about his playing days at Kentucky and the Wildcats recent 4-0 trip in the Bahamas.


Sheppard, a member of Kentucky’s 1996 and 1998 NCAA title teams, was the Final’s Fours Most Outstanding Player in 1998 after leading the Wildcats to comeback wins vs. Stanford and Utah.



Sheppard committed to Rick Pitino and Kentucky in 1993 and spent five seasons in Lexington. After speaking with Pitino prior to the 1997 season, Sheppard decided to redshirt to have a better opportunity for playing time as a senior.


Topics Discussed:

Why he chose Kentucky.

Favorite memory as a Wildcat.

The 1996 and 1998 title runs.

The decision to redshirt during the 1997 season.

Tubby Smith returning home to coach at High Point.

The comeback win vs. Duke.

Tyler Herro and his impact on Kentucky’s team.

The benefit of a fifth year senior (Reid Travis).

What Bill Keightley meant to him during his time at Kentucky.







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Shawn Smith

Shawn Smith is a graduate of Lincoln Memorial University, where he earned a degree in elementary education. He currently resides in Middlesboro, Kentucky and is a credentialed media member at the University of Kentucky. Smith founded and published Go Big Blue Country in November 2016. You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @gbbcountry or reach him via email at

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