>> Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Sources are confirming that Matthew Pilgrim, former transfer from Hampton, and Kevin Galloway will not be returning to the Kentucky basketball program next season...
Roster attrition was expected following the recruiting haul this spring. The final decisions were being delayed by Jodie Meeks NBA Draft status. However, this morning news began to circulate that Meeks will, most likely, be returning to Kentucky for his senior season. This news was quickly followed by the news that Pilgrim and Galloway would be the two players shown the door.
Pilgrim, a transfer from Hampton, was a practice superstar and a very talented player, but rumors of an attitude problem may have derailed his chance to ever see the Rupp Arena floor. Joshua Harrellson appears to have received the last frontcourt spot and is a personality that is well suited for the locker room. The kid genuinely loves his University and I'll gladly eat crow for believing he would be dismissed in my earlier "Roster Attrition" post.
The last spot appeared to be down to DeAndre Liggins and Kevin Galloway. Many expected Galloway to get the nod because of his status as a senior on the roster(seniors were supposed to be safe), but things change quickly. Liggins and Galloway are both former top 40 recruits with a shaky feel for the game. Fundamentals are a struggling point for both point forwards, but Liggins youth(sophomore) and former relationship with Calipari(Memphis recruited Liggins) may have lead to the final decision.
While its sad to see two players leave the program, the news of Jodie Meeks, most likely, returning to Kentucky will help extinguish any fire that may arise from these decisions.
More to come later.
*On a side note...Keep our blogger and good friend Gary in your prayers, he had back surgery today. Hopefully, he'll be feeling well enough to start posting again within a few days.