I saw that KSR had posted this on their blog and thought it deserved mention here as well.
Here is a list of players that were committed to play for UK prior to the Texan’s termination along with their current playing status.
Would be juniors this year:
GJ Vilarino verbal to Billy Gillispie; de-committed after Calipari hire (McKinney HS, McKinney, TX; ends up at Gonzaga; transfers to (and currently at) Appalachian St)
Konner Tucker verbal to Billy Gillispie; de-committed after Calipari hire (Paschal HS, Fort Worth, TX; Lon Morris JC, Jacksonville, TX; ends up at Wake Forest; transfers to (and currently at) Sam Houston St)
Would be sophomores this year:
Dakotah Euton verbal to Billy Gillispie; de-committed after Calipari hire (Scott Co HS, Georgetown, KY; Rose Hill Christian HS, Ashland, KY; ends up at Akron; transfers to (and currently at) Asbury Univ (NAIA) spring ‘11)
K.C. Ross-Miller verbal to Billy Gillispie (God’s Academy, Desoto HS, Desoto, TX; ends up at LSU, academically ineligible for 2010-11 – high school transcript didn’t pass NCAA Clearinghouse; plays 2010-11 season at Univ of New Orleans (Div III), then transfers to (and currently at) New Mexico State; enters 2011-12 season as a soph)
Dominique Ferguson verbal to Billy Gillispie; reopened his recruitment after Calipari hire (Lawrence North HS, Indianapolis, IN; ends up at Florida International U)
Would be freshman this year:
Vinny Zollo verbal to Billy Gillispie as an 9th grader; reopened his recruitment after Calipari hire (George Rogers Clark HS, Winchester, KY; ends up at WKU)
Would be freshman NEXT year:
Michael Avery verbal to Billy Gillispie as an 8th grader; de-committed after Calipari hire (Crespi HS, Encino, CA; commits to Sonoma State (Div II). Avery sat out his high school junior season after returning to Crespi HS following a transfer to Montverde Academy in Florida).
So, seven players total, at Appalachian St, Sam Houston St, Asbury U (NAIA), New Mexico St, Florida International, WKU and Sonoma St (Div II) .. wow!
I know it’s easy to say that anyone pales when compared to the level of success Calipari has had at his short stint at UK, but it’s staggering to think of where UK is now versus where they could be with Billy G.
Even if you assume that his mediocre recruits all qualified (which they didn’t), and that half of the team wouldn’t have been dismissed for “toughness” issues (which they would have been), UK would be an LSU level bubble team at best in 2011-12. Even that is being a bit kind.
Let’s see… A “tough guy” headcase with mediocre to awful results versus a “salesman” toting the best team in America in his suitcase. How do you think UK did on that decision?