McCoy Is Set To Visit UK; Will Have One Left

LOUISVILLE, Ky – Paul McCoy didn't make it to Louisville in time to participate in the Kentucky Derby Festival Classic's first practice session on Thursday, but he did stroll in a few minutes before the team bus left and we caught up with the talented guard.

Paul McCoy, a 6-foot, 160-pounder, opened up his recruitment a few months ago when Vance Walberg left Pepperdine. Now he's the top rated uncommitted point guard and has interest from schools coast to coast.

"SMU has been [recruiting me] since day one," McCoy said. "Virginia has been good about it and Washington State has been there. When they got in the tournament it feel off a little and then they called me the other day. Those are the schools that really jumped on me."

"Kentucky jumped on me and came to visit me twice, but I haven't heard from the head coach," he continued. "Like I haven't talked to the head coach at all. Usually before you visit you'll talk to the head coach so you don't meet them brand new. I know they are interested, but I don't know how strong it is yet."

The Portland (Ore.) Grant standout also mentioned that Loyola Marymount, California and Arizona are recruiting him. Among the schools interested he's been to SMU and Virginia.

"It was nice," McCoy said about his visit to Virginia. "It was a long flight. It was cool. I got to meet the players. It was cool."

"SMU was basically the same visit," he continued. "It was a different type of school especially the size. It was just a different environment."

Despite California's recent coaching chance, McCoy plans to give the new staff a chance. He was among their first calls when they were hired.

"Right when Cal got their new coaching staff they called me up and said they want to get me on a visit and then they are going to offer," McCoy said.

For now McCoy is hoping to put his recruitment on hold, so he can enjoy the Kentucky Derby Festival Classic, which is set for Saturday, April 19th at 7 p.m.

"I'm going to have a good time in this game and then I'm going to go to Kentucky and see what they have to offer," he said. "I know they have a lot because basketball is crazy down here. Then I'm going to head home and I have one more visit and I might go to Cal, LMU or Arizona."

After he completes his visit, McCoy hopes to make his collegiate decision. He hasn't set a timetable on making his choice.


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