Legendary Kentucky multi-sport standout Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones died at age 88 on Sunday in Lexington, Kentucky.
The 6-foot-4 Jones played on the Wildcats' "Fabulous Five" teams that won NCAA championships in 1948 and 1949. The All-American also won an Olympic gold medal at the 1948 Games. His Kentucky jersey was retired in 2012 along with Fav Five teammates Cliff Barker, Ralph Beard, Alex Groza and Kenny Rollins.
"Sad to hear of the passing of arguably the greatest UK athlete, Wah Wah Jones. He was an All-American under Adolph Rupp and Bear Bryant," Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari tweeted. "#BBN, please join me in praying for both his family and friends. He will be missed."
As a football player, Jones lettered from 1945 to 1948 on teams coached by Bear Bryant and was named first-team All-Southeastern Conference in 1946 as a defensive end. His football number also was retired -- the only athlete with two uniform numbers retired at Kentucky.
The versatile Jones played baseball and ran track at Kentucky.
After college, he was drafted by the Chicago Bears, offered a baseball contract by the Boston Braves and drafted by the Washington Capitols in the Basketball Association of America.