Kenny Frease talks about Kentucky visit

Xavier has been at the top of Kenny Frease's recruiting list for months, but after taking a visit to the University of Kentucky this past weekend the Wildcats have joined the Musketeers at the top.

Kenny Frease, of Massillon (OH) Perry, had already taken unofficial visits to Xavier (a number of times) and Notre Dame, and on Sunday he tripped to Lexington, Ky., to watch Kentucky take on Tennessee in Rupp Arena.

"They played awesome," Frease said about UK's win over UT. "The game was pretty close until halfway through the second half and they went on a 20-2 run and ended up winning the game by like 18."

After the game Frease took a tour of Kentucky's campus, checked out the new practice facility and met with Tubby Smith.

"We talked for about three hours after the game. He was just saying that he liked my style of basketball and it matches their style of basketball. He offered me a scholarship yesterday and other than that he was just showing me all of the new locker rooms and facilities."

The 6-foot-11, 245-pound C, who also has scholarship offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Purdue and Xavier, was complimentary of Kentucky's facilities.

"It was amazing," he said. "All of the stuff that they showed me was top notch."'s 25th ranked player has never shied away from his love for the Musketeers, now he claims co-leaders.

"I think Kentucky is right up at the top with Xavier now. Kentucky and Xavier are my top two right now."

While Kentucky's move on Frease has been recent, the Musketeers were the first school to recruit Frease and he has developed strong relationships with entire staff, and especially his lead recruiter, Chris Mack.

"Their coaching staff is awesome and all the players are real good guys. I like all of the facilities and they are building some new buildings and they're scheduled to be done in 2009. They're building a whole new business academy, which is what I'm going into."

Frease, who is averaging 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks this season, said the coaching staff and his visits will factor into his decision the most.

"It's going to be the school where I have a good time on the visit and if I like the coaching staff and if I have fun with what I'm doing. I definitely think that's what will play the biggest role. I think the biggest part is getting to know the coach and getting to know the players and going to watch the games and seeing the campus.

The class of 2008 product won't make a college decision in the near future, and although none are scheduled he plans to visit a few other schools this season.

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