Gillispie likes long, tall players

As the debate continues on who Billy Gillispie might add to the roster this spring or whether Kentucky needs a pure outside shooter or a proven inside scorer more, why not let someone who knows Billy Gillispie well shed some light on what future recruits might be like.

As the debate continues on who Billy Gillispie might add to the roster this spring or whether Kentucky needs a pure outside shooter or a proven inside scorer more, why not let someone who knows Billy Gillispie well shed some light on what future recruits might be like.

Steve Forbes coached under Gillispie at Texas A&M before going to Tennessee last year. The two remain friends, talk often and sometimes recruit against each other.

That's why Forbes understands that Gillispie has his own way of looking at recruiting.

"Getting great players is part of your job. Don't get me wrong about that," Forbest said. "There is some method there, too, to knowing what a great player is for your team. Billy is going to get guys to overachieve and become better than they ever thought they could."

That's why a player like junior college guard Kevin Galloway, who averaged only nine points per game this year, can fit into Gillispie's plans.

"He sees what he sees. He is looking for a long, tall guy that can defend," Forbest said. "He will teach him to make some baskets. That is what he is thinking down the road. I know he is.

"Long, tall guys are what he likes. We talked about long, tall guys that can shoot. Maybe a kid didn't have to do that for his team in high school, but that is what you are looking at. He will teach them to defend. We always talked about recruit offense, teach defense. I think those are things you will see as you go that he will do.

"Billy knows exactly what kind of player he wants. He expects certain things off the court, too. He won't recruit a kid that he doesn't think will give great effort. But with Billy Gillispie, you don't have to worry about recruiting. Nobody will outwork him because he enjoys recruiting."


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