Tackett to give up basketball

Junior guard Todd Tackett is giving up basketball...

LEXINGTON, Ky.  --- Todd Tackett's basketball career at the University of Kentucky has apparently come to an end.

Tackett, a junior reserve guard who redshirted last season, has informed UK coach Tubby Smith that he plans to concentrate solely on baseball.

The former Paintsville all-stater averaged only six minutes per game in his first two seasons with the Wildcats, and saw little chance of that figure increasing with a talent-laden 2001-02 roster. He shot only 19 percent from the field and averaged less than a full point in 40 games with UK.

``Maybe I would be satisfied and maybe you would be satisfied with being on a team that could win the national championship,'' the player's father, Jerry Tackett, told the Lexington Herald-Leader. ``But Todd wants to play.''

Tackett had previously come off scholarship to assist the overbooked UK roster.


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