"I guess 'Fab Five' was taken by some basketball team or something."
Chris Littman, Sporting News
Whatever happened to the SEC's Fabulous Five?
Kentucky's NCAA champions in 1947-48 were nicknamed The Fabulous Five. They joined with AAU champs The Phillip's Oilers from Bartlettsville featuring Bob Kurland to help the USA win gold medals in the London Olympics. Four returned in '48-49 to win back-to-back NCAA championships.
Lead guard Ralph Beard played two NBA seasons for the Indianapolis Olympians before being banned for life due to a point shaving scandal in New York City. Kentucky would be levied the death penalty for their '52-53 season. He died in 2007.
Center Alex Groza also played for the Olympians and was also banned for life from the NBA. After coaching small college ball in Louisville, Groza became associated with the ABA. He died in 1995.
Cliff Barker's B-17 was shot down over Germany and he spent 16 months as a POW. His stalag was given a basketball but no hoop. Barker became the passing specialist for the UK team upon returning from service. Barker was player-coach for the Olympians team. While not implicated in the point shaving scandal, he wrapped up his NBA career in the early-50s. He coached and taught in high school and died in 1998.
Guard Kenneth Rollins played for the Chicago Stags and Celtics in the NBA.
Wallace Jones was an All-American for both Adolph Rupp and Bear Bryant. He played with the Olympians for four seasons and then was elected sheriff of Fayette County. He lost a run for the US House in 1956.