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Web Wednesday – 5/21/08

Posted by ibleedblue040 on May 21, 2008

Recruiting Trail

– As many of you know by now, UK is likely to sign 6’8″ PF Mathew Pilgrim, formerly of Hampton University, for next season. Pilgrim would enroll at UK next school year but would have to sit out a year because of a transfer rule. Pilgrim has been compared to Joey Dorsey because of his height and body build. Here is a picture of Matthew Pilgrim taken last season when he played for Hampton.

If UK signs Pilgrim it looks as though the 2009 class might be wrapped up, the only thing holding me back for sure is that Gillispie continues to recruit several 2009 prospects very hard. That either means he really is not sold on Pilgrim (Pilgrim has not recieved an offer from UK but it has said to be inevitable) and is looking for someone better or another player is “leaving the team”.

– One reason I say this is because Curtis Kelley, a former UCONN Huskie and 5-star prospect, has listed UK in this article among other schools he is contemplating transfering to after he left Connecticut a few months ago. Kelley was rated #27 in the nation in 2005 and is 6’7″ 236 according to his Rivals player page.

– UK has recently gotten involved with 2008 point guard Hunter McClintock, a senior who has flown under the preverbeal radar but has gotten same late interest from UK, IU, and Boston College. McClintock plans to take an unofficial visit to UK and attend their Elite Camp, he should make his decision on school by June, although UK has not offered him.

Other News and Notes

– As most of you know Jon Hood got bumped up to 5-star status in the latest Rivals 2009 rankings while former UK target Deshawn Painter was not so lucky, he moved from 5-star to 3-star in the update and now he has committed to in-state foe Florida. Here is a little run down on the recruits Florida is bringing in (All rankings provided by Rivals.com).

2008

Name

National Rating/Ranking

Position

Height/Weight

Eloy Vargas ☆☆☆☆ (#26 overall) C 6’10”, 210 lbs.
Kenny Kadji ☆☆☆☆ (#27 overall) C 6’10”, 240 lbs.
Ray Shipman ☆☆☆☆ (#91 overall) PG/SG 6’3″, 180 lbs.
Allan Chaney ☆☆☆☆ (#96 overall) SF/PF 6’8″, 220 lbs.
Erving Walker ☆☆☆ (#102 overall) PG 5’6″, 140 lbs.

2009

Name

National Rating/Ranking

Position

Height/Weight

Elrik Murphy ☆☆☆☆ (#63 overall) PF 6’10”, 220 lbs.
Deshawn Painter ☆☆☆ (#110 overall) C 6’9″, 210 lbs.

The point is Florida is loading up pretty good for the next couple of years. Vargas and Kadji are the top two 4-star prospects in the nation according to Rivals.com so that could easily be two 5-star players and they are building around the possibility of also landing Daniel Orton, who is the #1 center in the nation for 2009.

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One Response to “Web Wednesday – 5/21/08”

  1. Ronald said

    It’s Hampton University not Hampton College

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