Pettigrew getting no love from Kentucky

It appears that there is another prospect out of the Elizabethtown stable that could make some serious noise for Mr. Basketball in Kentucky, and play himself into a scholarship offer from UK.

Former University of Kentucky wing player, Antwain Barbour was among the best junior college players in the nation. In 2002, he chose to attend the University of Kentucky. Although, his career was less than stellar, Barbour was an inmportant part of the 2003 and 2004 teams for Tubby Smith. It appears that there is another prospect out of the Elizabethtown stable that could make some serious noise for Mr. Basketball in Kentucky, and play himself into a scholarship offer from UK.

2007 forward, Steffphon Pettigrew is 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds. "He's definitely a scorer," said James Haire, Pettigrew's high school coach. Pettigrew averaged 21 points, and 11 rebounds per game his junior year at Etown. Pettigrew's size and strength allows him to create his own shot. He also works the offensive glass hard. "Steffphon's a relentless rebounder," said Haire.

The front-runner for 2007 Kentucky Mr. Basketball was the only junior on the first team all state polls from the AP, the Lexington Herald Leader, and the Louisville Courier Journal. His Etown High basketball team made it to the Fifth region final, where they fell to rival, John Hardin. The Panthers had a great season, led by Pettigrew, with a 28 win, 4 loss season. After that success, several instate, and regional programs have shown interest in the star forward. He is currently receiving attention from Western Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky, Morehead, West Virginia, Bradley, and Xavier. At this time, Kentucky and Louisville haven't shown the same interest. "He's currently a mid major prospect, but he can play at a high major school," said Haire.

Pettigrew's hard work this summer could lead him to the high major offers he covets. He's playing AAU with the Derek Smith All Stars. He will also play with his high school team in June. At this time, Pettigrew has taken no unofficial visits.

Steffphon is also a star on the gridiron. He plays wide receiver for his high school. He runs the forty in 4.5 seconds. Combine that speed with his 6-foot-5 size, and you have a lethal combination. He's getting attention from UCLA and Duke on the gridiron. "He could play on Sundays," said Haire.


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