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Cody "Boom" Fueger unveils the return of the new floor at Rupp Arena

Jack PIlgrimby:Jack Pilgrim06/24/24

Not all booms are created equal, as Cody Fueger is making clear. The Kentucky assistant coach known for hinting at commitments for soon-to-be-announced Wildcats is now stepping into a different area of the news-breaking world.

This time, it’s to unveil the return of the new floor inside Rupp Arena.

Mr. Boom himself posted a clip of the court back in all its glory where it belongs after a one-and-done debut this past season.

The new floor made its debut in Kentucky’s home loss to UNC Wilmington back on December 2, 2023, taking away the bumper stickers and checkerboard that had plagued the surface since 2020. Just days after that matchup, though, Robbins Inc. — who created and built the floor — and UK officials agreed that it did not meet expectations under game conditions and needed to be replaced.

From there, the old designed returned and stayed the remainder of the season, permanently ruining highlights of Reed Sheppard and Rob Dillingham dominating inside Rupp Arena.

Those days are now officially behind us as the court featuring the Kentucky state outline stretching from charity stripe to charity stripe is back. The asymmetrical Central Bank Center stickers are gone and have been replaced by permanent logos while the Cawood’s Court marker memorializing legendary radio play-by-play announcer Cawood Ledford and the UK logo with “Mr. Wildcat” honoring longtime manager Bill Keightley in front of the UK bench are here to stay.

It’s a perfect floor, now back and better than ever — for good.

The first person to step on the new floor? None other than 2025 four-star guard Braylon Mullins, who took an unofficial visit to Lexington on Monday. Before the sharpshooter left campus with a scholarship offer in hand, he posed for pictures in a Kentucky jersey inside Rupp Arena, right there on that brand-new UK logo with the state outline.

Not a bad way to host a visitor.

@Jmullins24

It’s a great look. Let’s keep it around this time, shall we?

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