Kentucky Walk-On Sam Malone Earns Spotlight with T-Shirts

Many of you have probably never heard of Sam Malone. No, I’m not talking about the wisecracking bartender played by Ted Danson on Cheers. I mean the Kentucky Wildcats walk-on who spent four years with the team, winning a national championship in 2012.

A 5-foot-11 senior guard from Scituate, Massachusetts, Malone averaged 0.27 points over 1.4 minutes per game in his four seasons with the Wildcats. That said, why are we even talking about him when there have been far superior players to come through Hall of Fame coach John Calipari’s program in Lexington?

Well, as NBC Sports’ Terrence Payne is reporting, Malone is showing off his entrepreneurial side now that seven of his teammates have declared for the upcoming NBA draft.

He sees his time is now, and has chosen to get into the t-shirt market, per a post on his Twitter page.

Some may consider Malone’s venture on the cocky side, but it’s not as though he’s tooting his own horn excessively.

Going through his game log, Kentucky was indeed undefeated in all 18 games in which he played. His career high mark was four minutes played in an 85-47 victory over Penn State on November 19, 2011.

In the game, he missed the one shot he attempted. Thus, rather than bragging, it could be argued that Malone is really just stating a fact.

Moreover, it looks as though sales are doing quite well, so well that Malone is donating 25 percent of all proceeds to a local autism charity.

Combine a personality driven enough to earn a walk-on spot on one of the toughest college basketball teams in the country along with general charisma, plus over 25,000 Twitter followers, and it looks as though Sam Malone is going to be well-prepared for life after basketball and college.

Hey, maybe if the t-shirt business takes off and earns high profits, maybe he’ll use the money to open up a bar?

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*Featured Photo (above) credit to HERALD-LEADER

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