Wildcats Looking At Juco Guard

As they play their way through the 2009 NCAA Tournament, Kentucky continues their search for talent. Among those drawing interest is juco sophomore Rico Pickett.

This time around, Rico Pickett is going to make sure that the college he picks is a perfect fit. Initially signing with Alabama out of high school, the 6-foot-3 combo guard parted ways with the Crimson Tide last off-season and spent his sophomore year at Miami-Dade junior college.

Thanks to a successful sophomore campaign, Pickett -- who was scheduled to visit Manhattan officially over the weekend -- says that he's heard from a wide range of programs.

"It's been crazy, lots of schools have been calling," said Pickett. ""LSU, Maryland, South Florida, DePaul, Arkansas, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee and Florida State."

According to Pickett, Billy Gillispie's Wildcats have picked up their interest level of late.

"Things are heating up with them a little bit," said Pickett of the Wildcats. "They just had a coach down to see me about a week and a half ago and they just called me recently."

So, what exactly, is UK's pitch?

"They are talking to me about coming in and playing with Jodie Meeks," Pickett told Kentucky Sports Report. "They say that they'd love to have a combo guard like me who is athletic at 6-foot-4 who can come in and mix it up with the other guys."

Having grown up in SEC country and played at Alabama, Pickett is quite familiar with the Wildcats. "I like Kentucky. I know they have winning tradition and Rupp Arena is crazy," said Pickett. "I also like Coach Gillispie and I'm leaning towards taking a visit to them too."

During his year at Miami-Dade, Pickett led a team loaded with talent in scoring. He specializes in getting to the rim and thinks that opponents would cite his ability to attack as a strength.

"They'd say He's not going to back down from you," said Pickett when asked what his opponents would single out as making him tough to guard. "That and you gotta get back on defense. If you don't he's going to make you pay."

With the spring signing period approaching, Pickett says that he's in no rush. He wants to get in his visits and this time around he's making sure that he goes somewhere that is a perfect fit for him.

"I have four visits left and I'm going to take all four of them. My time for committing is the last day before the signing period or the last day. It's going to be real close," Finished Pickett. "I have to have a good feel for the coaching staff. That's big, I want a great relationship with the coaching staff."


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