Birthdate: August 4, 1948
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio
High School: Dayton Meadowdale HS (1966)
College: University of Kentucky (1970)
Died: June 16, 2022
Year Inducted: 2019
Mike Pratt, a product of Meadowdale High School in Dayton, and was a member of the 1966 North/South Ohio HS All-Star Game. He played four years (1967-70) for Coach Adolph Rupp at the University of Kentucky. The sturdy 6-foot-4, 195-pound forward was a three-year starter on UK teams that had records of 26-2, 23-5 and 22-5 and made the NCAA Tournament all three years after winning Southeastern Conference championships.
Pratt averaged 14.1, 16.9 and 19.3 points while scoring a total of 1,359, which is 26th all-time on the UK list. He made 48.4 percent of his field goal attempts and 69.8 percent of his free throws. He scored 42 points in a 1969 game against Notre Dame.
With Pratt playing alongside Kentucky's all-time leading scorer, Dan Issel, the Wildcats finished the 1969-70 season as the nation's No. 1-ranked team. He was a 1970 Academic All-American and 2nd Team All-American, as well as All SEC in 1969 and 1970.
Pratt played two seasons for the Kentucky Colonels of the ABA and spent three years as an assistant to Coach Lee Rose at UNC-Charlotte, which advanced to the 1977 Final Four. He succeeded Rose as head coach of the 49ers in 1978 and coached them for four years.
Mike was inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010.