Don’t miss the July 2 Remote Rooster Booster, Sponsored by Kentucky Wesleyan College!
There is no cost to attend the remote July 2 Rooster Booster, which will be streamed on Facebook Live and Zoom .
Rooster Booster Featured Speaker Dan Issell
From Batavia, Ill., Dan Issel was the most prolific scorer in the University of Kentucky basketball history under legendary Coach Adolph Rupp from 1966 to 1970. During his three varsity seasons at center, Issel scored 2,138 points, a record that stands today, and was twice named a first team All-American. In 1970, Issel was drafted by the NBA’s Detroit Pistons and the ABA’s Kentucky Colonels and signed with the Colonels. He was named the ABA Rookie of the year in 1971. The following season, Issel made the All-ABA First Team and was named MVP of the 1972 ABA All-Star Game. In 1975, Issel’s Colonels won the 1975 ABA championship. He continued to play pro basketball with the NBA Denver Nuggets 1977through 1985. He played in the NBA All-Star game in 1977 and, in 1985, received the NBA’s J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for his outstanding service to the community. In 1992, Issel returned to the Nuggets as head coach and led them to the playoffs in 1994. That year, the Nuggets pulled off the biggest upset at that time in NBA playoff history, knocking off the Seattle SuperSonics in five games (the first-ever eighth seed to beat a first seed in the first round). He returned in 1998 as president and general manager, naming himself head coach again in December 1999. His tenure ended in December 2001. He was part of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 1993. Issel currently is president of the Louisville Basketball Investment and Support Group, also known as NBA2LOU, which was founded in 2016 to pursue an NBA franchise.