It became clear very shortly after the firing of former Michigan head coach Tommy Amaker that Legion would very likely wish to re-open his recruiting options. Legion received his unconditional release from the Michigan Wolverines on April 16, saying that he would consider UCLA, Kansas, UConn and Kentucky. Just about a week later, Legion is a Wildcat.
"This is huge for Kentucky," said Dave Telep, National Recruting Analyst for Scout.com. "Alex Legion is a talented shooter. It is a real feather in coach Gillispie's cap for him to come in so quickly and beat out schools like Kansas, UCLA and UConn."
The decision had to have been a huge shock to other schools that had been wooing Legion. When Legion first de-committed from Michigan back in April, 2006, Kentucky was no where to be found on his list. In an April 5, 2006 interview with Dave Telep, Legion said he was considering the three other schools listed above.
Back in July, Legion had apparently decided that Michigan was the place for him after all, crediting his relationship with then-coach Tommy Amaker as the primary reason for his re-commitment. But when Amaker left Michigan, so did Legion and the Kentucky Wildcats will benefit from that decision.
"For Kentucky to land a high caliber player like Legion this late in the game says a lot about Gillispie," said Telep. "Legion is perhaps the purest jump shooter in his class. He has great accuracy from mid-range to beyond the three point line. When you think about the DNA that makes up a player, Legion's DNA is that he is a scorer. He is going to do an outstanding job at Kentucky."
Outside his obvious offensive skills, Telep thinks Kentucky will benefit from Legion's poise. "Legion has patience and is a team player. Even though he is a scorer, the guy is totally unselfish with the basketball. He just wants to win. He is going to be a great fit for Kentucky. He know that Kentucky has good senior talent at the guard positions and is not going to some in thinking he can take over out of the gate, but with his scoring ability, he has a chance to earn playing time this year for the Wildcats."
One of the knocks on Legion has always been his defense. Under Gillispie, Legion will have to develop in this area. Telep thinks there is little reason to be concerned about that, however, "Legion is a like a lot of kids coming out of high school. He has some holes in his game and in his case, it's defense. Kids learn in high school that the way to get attention is to score. And Legion knows how to score. But he is athletic and knows that he will have to learn to be tough defensively to make it at the next level. He will get there." So, Dave, any final thoughts on Legion?
"The kid is a weapon," Telep responded.