Orton Seeks Release

The new administration at Kentucky is going to have to re-recruit Daniel Orton. One of UK's top signees is hoping to have a chance to see what else is out there.

Daniel Orton might be back on the market soon.

The Oklahoma City (Okla.) Bishop McGuinness standout, who committed to Kentucky when Billy Gillispie was the head coach, has asked the new coaching staff for a release. Actually, he sought a release prior to the naming of John Calipari as coach. Late last night, DeMarcus Cousins committed to Kentucky and its unlikely he and Orton play together.

"Right now I'm staying pretty open with my decision," Orton told Scout.com. "We asked for a release, but I might be going back to Kentucky. I just really don't know yet."

Orton, who is ranked No. 13 overall by Scout.com, originally chose Kentucky over strong interest from Kansas, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and a handful of other programs.

"It won't be to everyone," Orton said when asked if he was going to fully open his recruitment. "It's going to be limited to a couple of schools."

According to sources close to the situation Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, USC, UCLA, Memphis and Kansas are schools that could be in the picture if Orton gets his release in hand.

Today Orton will head out of Oklahoma City to Kentucky to participate in the Kentucky Derby Festival Classic. So he won't have time to sit down with his family to discuss the situation until next week.

"I think next week sometime me and my dad will sit down and talk about it, but right now we just don't know," Orton said.

According to Orton, he didn't have a prior relationship with Calipari. He has, however, talked with the new Kentucky head coached.

"I have talked to him," Orton said. "I talked to him a few times. I could still see myself playing for him, but I need to get some more facts on him and learn more about him."

Scout.com's 6th ranked prospect DeMarcus Cousins committed to Calipari last night, and Orton is curious how they could use them together.

"I'm just going to have to wait and see how they expect to use me and him, if I did decide to go there," Orton said.

Orton is a five-star prospect and No. 3 at the center position.

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