BBD RECRUITING: Bernard Cote update

Canadian big man Bernard Cote says he had a 'great' visit to Kentucky this weekend...

Bernard Cote's first official visit was a memorable one.

The 6-foot-9, 225-pound Canadian standout described his visit to the University of Kentucky this weekend as "really, really good."

"I liked everything I saw," said Cote (pronounced Koe-tay). "I liked the coaches, the guys on the team and the facilities. It had everything I'm looking for. I could see myself spending four years there."

Cote said the visit included taking in Kentucky's 28-20 football victory over Ball State --- "it was really neat seeing 65,000 people so excited about their team, and they say it's even greater for basketball" --- and a trip to coach Tubby Smith's house for a home-cooked meal.

"Coach Smith is so cool," he said. "I really liked his family. I was also impressed by their team unity. Everybody seemed so close."

Cote, however, was quick to add that he did not make a commitment during the weekend.

"I still want to make my other visits, to Kansas (Sept. 15) and Notre Dame the week after," he said. "I want to see what all of these schools are like so I can make a good decision."

Cote averaged 14 points and nine rebounds last season at Champlain St. Lambert High School. He was a relative unknown on the recruiting trail until a standout performance in this summer's Nike All-America Camp.

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