UK one of four high-majors recruiting juco

The Kentucky Wildcats are one of four high-major programs in the mix for Kevin Galloway. The long, athletic ballhandling guard is dishing out more than 8 assists per game for one of the nation's top juco programs at Southern Idaho. Kentucky Sports Report has the latest on Galloway.

The fact that junior college sophomore Kevin Galloway averages eight points per game this season tells you something about him, and that's not a knock -- when you combine it with the fact that he's being recruited by major programs the likes of Kentucky, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Arizona, it tells you Galloway has some defined, prized abilities, because usually such programs recruit jucos with gaudy scoring averages.

"He's a really good passer, really good playmaker. He's not a great shooter, but he's more of a drive-and-passer, sets things up for his teammates, long and athletic," said College of Southern Idaho coach Barret Peery.

Galloway, a 6-foot-6, 205-pound guard who spent last year at Southern Cal before finding his way to CSI because of academic issues; he's having a strong year in the classroom this year, Peery said, and is "doing much better."

Coming out of Sacramento, Calif., as a high school recruit in 2006, he was rated a four-star prospect and the No. 19 small forward in the nation, and was recruited by several major programs. As a high school junior, he averaged a triple-double: points, rebounds and assists.

"He's a tremendous playmaker, handles the ball, passes the ball and finds the open man … As far as bringing the ball up, because of his height and ability to see over defenders, he's like a Penny Hardaway, though Penny Hardaway was a much better shooter," Peery said.

Still, the numbers don't point to Galloway, who averages eight points, eight assists and four rebounds, being a bricklayer from the perimeter. He's shooting 49.1 percent from the floor and has made a respectable seven of 18 3-pointers. But the most impressive numbers are his 215 assists – twice as any other player for 27-1 SID -- compared with 85 turnovers.

"He's a good floor leader and he talks to his teammates like a point guard. He has the point guard temperament," Peery said.

Galloway is nowhere near making a decision, it seems. He'll take all of his official visits after the season, which Peery is hoping will end with a run to a national championship. He also won't be doing any interviews about recruiting until then, in order to stay focused on the task at hand. The aforementioned four schools seem to be the main options, with all but Arizona having offered.

KentuckySportsReport.com will keep you updated…


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