The recruiting process has been long, dramatic and full of twists and turns for Alex Legion, but now he's finally ready to settle down and enjoy his decision.
After committing, de-committing and then recommitting to Michigan, Legion asked out of his Letter of Intent and his release was granted on April 16th. By that time the ball was already rolling, as he'd been searching for a coach that fit his style.
"I always liked Kentucky, but when I was at the Roundball [Classic] I started asking around different coaches to see who they think I should play for," Legion said. "And a few said the Texas A&M coach was a great coach."
"I had watched Texas A&M during the year and Coach Gillespie was a pretty good guard coach. I've seen him coach guards and when he went to Kentucky it was a major plus because I wanted to go somewhere close to home. It doesn't get any better than Kentucky as far as basketball."
The new Kentucky staff landed Legion for his first official visit after being released, and the trip to Lexington is ultimately what sealed the deal for the Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill standout.
"That's pretty much what happened. I had some other schools lined up, but after that visit I didn't think it was going to get too much better than that. So I just decided on Tuesday morning to go ahead and make it official."
While in Lexington, Legion took a toured the practice facilities, the academic building and even met with the school president.
"I just really felt at home in Lexington. Coach Gillespie really stressed that he wanted me to come in and be an impact right away. That's what really sold me because where ever I went I wanted to go somewhere where I knew I would play and at least have a chance to start."
With three solid guards (Crawford, Meeks and Bradley) already in the mix and expected to get a considerable amount of playing time, Gillespie sold Legion on the fact that he's clearly the deep threat of the bunch.
"He said that I would be the best shooter on the team," Legion, who shot 42-percent from three this season, said. "So pretty much with me being a scorer and a shooter I don't think I should have a problem being a high impact player for this team."
"He's a great coach, who follows through with what he says. He's going to get me better and he's a player coach."
Legion, who averaged 19.6 points and 5.7 rebounds this past season, will joins A.J. Stewart and Mike Williams to make up Kentucky's 2007 class.