Gillispie on recruiting and marketing the program.
Obviously, Gillispie has some built-in advantages at the University of Kentucky that not every school would enjoy. Can you imagine a media day for UK with only one reporter?
Some of his other points ring true even at UK, however. We have already seen his early recruiting land blue-chip prospects Patrick Patterson and Alex Legion, and with many other commitments yet to sign. We have also already seen Gillispie reaching out to former players--not just at the camps, but in other venues as well. As an example, Gillispie invited former UK All-American Kyle Macy to attend SEC Media Days with the Kentucky contingency a couple of weeks ago in Birmingham. Word has it that more and more former player involvement will be seen in Lexington.
Last year saw Gillispie's Texas A&M team finish in the top 10 in the nation, and a special relationship was observed between Gillispie and All-American Acie Law. Gillispie accompanied Law to end-of-year banquets honoring the All-American, as well as to New York for the NBA draft to see the lottery pick selected. How does Gillispie reach this point with his players when they arrive on campus?
Gillispie on fostering and maintaining relationships with players
Be sure and check back tomorrow for Gillispie's views on running practices, and preparing to be a winning, championship program, including players, coaches, and family. KSR thanks Coach Peterman of Men's Basketball Hoopscoop for his invaluable input and coaching notes.