John Calipari has been on the job just over a week and we are already seeing an impact on the roster of future Kentucky squads. Even the Kentucky roster for 2009-2010 is in a state of flux.
Initially following the hiring of Calipari the news was focused on players who had previously committed to former coach Billy Gillispie who seeking to reopen their recruitment. Among one of the first players to re-open the recruiting process was Texas point guard G.J. Vilarino, the only signee from the class of 2009 to ask for a release at this time. The other players withdrawing commitments are all underclassmen. The class of 2010 players, who are currently juniors, that have re-opened their recruiting processes are Scott County power forward Dakotah Euton; Texas guard K.C. Ross-Miller; and top ten recruit Dominique Ferguson, a forward out of Indiana. Also withdrawing his commitment is HS freshman Michael Avery, the class of 2012 player who made headlines for committing to Gillispie as an eighth grader.
Vinnie Zollo, a 2011 power forward, out of Winchester is the lone remaining underclassman recruit that remains in the fold.
Michael Porter decided to forgoe his senior season, a move that came as no surprise to this writer after hearing Michael speak of needing to look at his priorities as a father-to-be in one late season interview.
Porter's father Gary told KSR that Michael had made up his mind not to return next season prior to a scheduled meeting earlier this week with Coach Calipari.
Porter and his wife are expecting their first child in July, and this obviously was the deciding factor in his decision. "This has been a decision weighing on my shoulders for a while," said Porter in a statement released by UK. "Being married, and now with my little girl on the way, my priorities have simply changed. I love basketball and will miss it a lot, but I think it's the best thing for me and my family at this stage of my life. This wasn't an easy decision to come to, but with a lot of thought and prayer, I have come to peace and am looking forward to the next phase of my life."
Porter is on schedule to graduate in May.
Kentucky roster in a state of flux, part I
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