KY Mr. Basketball Speaks on Recruitment

Elizabethtown (Ky.) HS basketball star Steffphon Pettigrew finally took home his Mr. Basketball hardwood to 'E-Town,' yet another milestone in a career that has been full of shining moments.

"I actually got it the other day," Pettigrew said of the Kentucky Mr. Basketball award on ESPN Radio Louisville, Tuesday. "I had heard different things about who was my main competition, but everything worked out in the end. It's a great honor."

With news of the University of Kentucky possibly making an offer, Pettigrew recently worked out in front of a plethora of media members at Elizabethtown HS for a Sunday of pickup madness.

"It was crazy," Pettigrew said. "I was seeing people I had never seen before coming in and playing against me."

The end result was a scholarship offer for the 6-foot-5 small forward from Xavier, not Kentucky, which brings his number to four with Western Kentucky, Duquesne and St. Louis in the mix.

"I'm going to take an official visit there Thursday," Pettigrew said. "The coach called and moved it up, so I'm going there Thursday. Georgia and Miami (Fla.) have called and said they have some open spots and that they are possibly going to stop by and see me, too."

An interesting side note to the recruitment of the newly crowned Bluegrass star is the interest from St. Louis, who fired coach Brad Soderberg, Monday, just hours after leaving Pettigrew's in-home visit the night before.

St. Louis' decision to remove Soderberg amidst the impact portion of the recruiting year is in direct relation to the new $80.5 million dollar arena being contructed. The school announced late Tuesday that Angres Thorpe would replace Soderberg as interim head men's basketball coach while it seeks a replacement.

"I had heard about it this morning," Pettigrew said. "It's really weird because he was in my house last night talking about the program and my future and now he's gone."

The real question on fans and media members alike was the reported ultimatum given by Pettigrew and his family to the University of Kentucky and its new basketball coaching staff to make a decision on his scholarship offer by Thursday or else he'd move on.

"The reporter misquoted me," Pettigrew explained about the alleged ultimatum towards UK, "I didn't really mean it like that - like 'I need to know' - I was just saying, I really don't know what else (Billy Gillispie) needs to see. He said he needs to see more tape. I am not sure what else I can do, so I am ready to just find out what they are going to do."

It is believed that Pettigrew would have heard from UK on an offer by Thursday, anyways. Thus is the ever changing world of Steffphon Pettigrew.

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