VAUGHT: Averys have the right approach

When Michael Avery verbally committed to Kentucky and created a national buzz because of his age, I didn't have a chance to talk to him or his father.

Actually, I didn't call because I knew the family was under intense media scrutiny and was taking what seemed like a daily beating because Michael Avery had accepted Billy Gillispie's scholarship offer even though he'll only be a high school freshman this year.

However, I did call Howard Avery, Michael's father, this week. I left a message and he almost immediately returned my call.

I inquired about doing a possible magazine feature on his son to let Kentucky fans know a little more about him and his family.

Howard Avery's response impressed me and convinced me that this family will be able to handle the added pressure they are now under because of Michael Avery's commitment to Kentucky.

"We would prefer to let him get a high school season under his belt. We are hoping he can win a starting spot on his high school team and that is really our focus right now," Howard Avery said.

Good for him.

Let Michael Avery get settled into his high school career and the media attention can follow. Obviously, I would have liked an in-depth interview now. But the parent in me understood, and applauded, this decision.

Michael Avery is playing with his high school teammates this season. Since he already knows where he'll play his college basketball, he doesn't have to use the AAU circuit to impress college coaches.

He did attend the elite camp at Kentucky and more than held his own with older players and apparently made UK coaches feel even better about their decision to offer him a scholarship when they did.

"He just wants to get better this summer and have a successful first year in high school," Howard Avery said.

Not a thing wrong with that, either.

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