Cyprien: Daniel Orton has grown into his own

Daniel Orton currently is rehabilitating his knee after needing surgery before his senior season, but he's still regarded as one of the nation's top prep players.

Kentucky assistant coach Glynn Cyprien was actively involved in recruiting Oklahoma high school standout Daniel Orton, who signed with the Wildcats in November. Orton currently is rehabilitating his knee after needing surgery before his senior season, but he's still regarded as one of the nation's top prep players. Question: Since you were involved in the recruiting of Orton, what do you think of him?

Cyprien: " I think he is a tremendous player. An even better kid, but a tremendous player. He can really pass the ball. He can shoot the ball when he is trailing. He has a great understanding of the game. He is going to be a great asset to this program and we are awfully glad and lucky that we were able to get him. I have seen him grow up because I coached his brother at Oklahoma State. So from the time he was 8 or 9 years old, I have known him and the progression has been unbelievable. He's going to be a tremendous player here at Kentucky."

Question: Was it always obvious he would be a gifted player?

Cyprien: "He has just grown into his own. He was always a tall kid, but he really got serious about basketball within the last three or four years. His ability has taken off." Question: How well will he fit in immediately on your team next year?

Cyprien: "I think he will be great for our team. He's a smart kid and understands what team is about. He will be great to have with our guys." Question: How much did your family ties help in his recruiting?

Cyrpien: "I think it was some. It got us in the doors a little bit and enabled coach Gillispie to really get in there and develop a relationship. Over time Coach was able to get us on top and did a tremendous job recruiting him. But it is a great family and I have known him over the years and that helped a little bit."

Question: So do you still stay in close contact now and how is he coming back from his recent knee surgery?

Cyprien: "We are talking every other day or so and talking to the parents all the time just to make sure he is doing what he should. He will be fine by the spring to be honest with you.

Probably April or so. Hopefully this will benefit him and he will have an opportunity to get his body together and be ready to go in the summer and as the fall comes. He could be special."


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