ELDRIDGE: Cats check in on potential '09 big

The 2009 class for the Kentucky Wildcats already includes guard G.J. Vilarino. The Wildcats have a few other targets in mind. And with a need for more strength on the inside, there are several players who could fit in nicely for coach Gillispie. One of those players is forward Andrew Fitzgerald.

At 6-foot-9 240 pounds, Andrew Fitzgerald has a college body, even at this early stage. "We're going to spend a lot of time this summer sculpting his body," said Carlton Carrington, Andrew's coach for Team Melo. "We're going to work on his foot speed. His offensive footwork is fine, but he needs to work on his defensive footwork," said Carrington.

Even though he has the size of a power player, he also shows a soft touch. "I would call him a power player with a twist of finesse," said Carrington. "He's a power looking player, but he's super skilled. He's got good footwork and he can shoot the ball," Carrington continued. "He's a face up four."

Fitzgerald averaged 22 points and grabbed 17 rebounds a game last season for Owings Mill in Baltimore Maryland, while leading them to a 21 win, six loss season and an appearance in the regional semifinals.

Andrew has only taken one unofficial visit so far. He visited Pitt. He's interested in several programs at this stage, including Xavier, Texas A&M, Syracuse, Florida State, Kentucky and Louisville.

"I spoke with an assistant from Kentucky. That was right before Boo Williams, but I haven't talked to them since," said Carrington. "There are about 30 programs that have inquired about Andrew," Carrington said. "He's wide open."

Fitzgerald and Team Melo will be competing in several upcoming events, including Bob Gibbons, the Peach Jam and the Super Showcase.

Fitzgerald is a four-star prospect and the number 13 center according to Scout.com.

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