Sanford Receiving Wildcat Interest

A limited number of scholarships are available right now for the 2009 Wildcat class. But with the relentless nature of Billy Gillispie, that would never stop him from recruiting. One player Gillispie has been keeping an eye on is Vee Sanford.

A limited number of scholarships are available right now for the 2009 Wildcat class. But with the relentless nature of Billy Gillispie, that would never stop him from recruiting. One player Gillispie has been keeping an eye on is Vee Sanford.

Lexington Catholic (Ky.) product Vee Sanford has seen his stock continually rise. It has risen to the point that Kentucky has begun to show attention to the 6-foot-3 point guard. "Kentucky has been here," said Brandon Salsman, head coach at Lexington Catholic. "He's hearing from Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, South Florida, Eastern Kentucky, Miami (Oh.), Ohio, Bradley, Morehead, Murray State and Western Kentucky," said Salsman.

So what is it about Sanford that that is drawing attention? "He's a prototypical combo guard who can play either position. He shoots the ball well. He's a good ball-handler. He's about 6-foot-3 with a 6-foot-7 wingspan. He gets better every time he gets on the floor," said Salsman. "His strength is his biggest issue. He's got a good gene pool. His father was a four year starter for South Florida," said Salsman.

With Kentucky's scholarship situation being a factor, there have been rumors that coach Gillispie want Sanford to go to prep school. Salsman addressed that thought. "He's always said it could be an option," said Salsman. "From what I can tell, the staff at Kentucky are extremely talented coaches that cover their bases. They are going to monitor and recruit him. They have to decide in the spring about what they want to do," said Salsman.

In the meantime, there are visits that have to be made and one visit already made by the Kentucky native. "He's actually taken an official visit to Bradley this weekend," said Salsman. "He'll probably take until the spring unless something comes up."

Sanford was also on hand for Kentucky's Big Blue Madness and came away impressed. "He went down for Madness. He thought it was extremely exciting. He was overwhelmed by it. Even though he grew up in Lexington, he'd never seen it before. He was taken by the great job that the staff did with him and the other recruits."

Last season Sanford helped lead Lexington Catholic to the State Tournament. He made the all tournament team and should be preseason all-state according to his coach. He averaged 13.6 points and 3.4 assists per game last season.


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