Parting words from senior Mark Krebs

Parting words from senior Mark Krebs

Krebs:"To look back on it and everything we have accomplished has been awesome. I can't describe it. It is pretty cool and then to make a shot in the NCAA Tournament.

Mark Krebs knows all his teammates would have appreciated winning a national championship. However, he doubts if winning a title could have meant more to any player than it would him.

"I think everyone would have appreciated it , but I do want to think I would have appreciated it the most," said Krebs, a former walk-on who was put on scholarship for his senior season. "But it would almost have been too good to be true for me. I'm not going to play in the NBA. I didn't even have a scholarship. Everyone would have appreciated it, but for me and my family it would have been surreal. It would have been something to forever hold us together."

That's because Krebs' mother, Terri, is seriously ill. She's now confined to a wheelchair, but did make it to Rupp Arena for Senior Day.

"It meant the world to me to have her there. The whole day was great," Krebs said. "Being a part of this team that has not overachieved, but has brought back respectability to UK basketball has been great. We were going through rough patches and not winning as much as Kentucky normally does, and to be on this team has been awesome.

"To look back on it and everything we have accomplished has been awesome. I can't describe it. It is pretty cool and then to make a shot in the NCAA Tournament. Just play in the NCAA was one thing, but to make a shot ... Everybody was talking about it. I didn't think it was that big a deal, but it was and my mom loved it."

Krebs says the team's success was a blessing for her.

"It has been really good for keeping her mind off things and being able to cheer for something. That is the same for me. I feel kind of guilty. It has been like an escape," he admitted. "Some people say they can't believe how I deal with everything and basketball, but basketball is the one place I can go where everything is exciting. It has been awesome. This whole year and how we have played has been good for her and her treatments, but it has also helped me more than I can ever explain."

Krebs knows many of his current teammates will be in the NBA next year. But what about him?

"Hopefully somewhere around here. I am trying to get a job and go into the business world. I am not sure where I will be but I will be around watching the Cats," he said.

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