VAUGHT: Rivals paying attention to Gillispie

While other coaches are not going to change what they do based on what Kentucky's Billy Gillispie is doing, those rival coaches are paying attention to the new UK coach. "Those guys at Kentucky are working like dogs," said one rival coach in the SEC. "I don't know if I agree with taking kids as young as they are taking, but they certainly are getting the job done just like you should at Kentucky.

"I thought with the candidates they had for the job, whoever got the job would have recruiting success because they would be trying to separate themselves from Tubby. If Rick Barnes or Tom Izzo or Billy Donovan had got the job, they would have done the same thing in getting kids on campus and trying to get them to commit. But what Billy Gillispie has done is take that to a higher level.

The rest of them would have worked, but he is at another level because he basically has no family. He does not slow down for anything. Maybe a Donovan, Izzo or Barnes would have snagged a few players because of name recognition, but no one is outworking Billy Gillispie right now."

The coach says Kentucky is also being "smart" about its recruiting and targeting players it is more likely to sign. He noted how UK concentrated on a player like Chicago's DeAndre Liggins, who verbally committed, rather than going after a player like Hopkinsville junior Scotty Hopson, who verbally committed to Mississippi State last year.

"Those guys at Kentucky know what they are doing. They know where the best use of their time is," the coach said. "They won't get every player, but they are going to get a lot."


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