Billy Gillispie had a surprise visitor last weekend. Junior College forward Juan Patillo accompanied his teammate and future Wildcat Kevin Galloway on an official visit to UK.
The 6-foot-7, 220 pound forward is thought to be one of the most athletic players in the nation on the junior college level. "He's an ultra athletic kid. He plays above the rim," said Barrett Peery, coach of CSI. "He can rebound the ball and finish," continued Peery.
The Wildcats are definitely in need of size and athleticism, and Patillo brings that in bunches. "He's a 6-foot-7, big, strong athlete. He can guard several positions," said Peery. "He could be a better handler and a better shooter," said Peery.
Patillo's numbers indicate that he could be a strong contributor at the high major level. Patillo scored just over 17 points per outing and pulled in almost seven rebounds a game. He shot over 54 percent from the field and almost 40 percent from three for the College of Southern Idaho. Patillo helped lead them to a 30 win, two loss season.
As always, a question about JUCO kids is academics, however it seems Patillo is in good shape. "He's on track to get qualified," said Peery. "He just needs to pass his classes."
So how'd his visit to Lexington go? "He had a great time. He didn't commit, though," said Peery. "He will be visiting Oklahoma next weekend," said Peery. Patillo had also visited Oklahoma State previously. "I think that he probably won't take another visit after Oklahoma. But he'll probably decide next week," said Peery.
Gillispie gets surprise visitor
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