Orton to make decision after Derby Festival

Daniel Orton won't make any decision about his basketball future until he finishes playing in the Wazoo Sports Derby Festival Classic here Saturday and returns home to Oklahoma to discuss his options with his father and brother.

Daniel Orton won't make any decision about his basketball future until he finishes playing in the Wazoo Sports Derby Festival Classic here Saturday and returns home to Oklahoma to discuss his options with his father and brother.

Orton signed with Kentucky in November when Billy Gillispie was the UK coach. However, new coach John Calipari made his first visit after joining the Wildcats to see Orton and his family.

"We talked for a good hour and a half," Daniel Orton said Thursday. "It went well. He said he was a little tired because he only had four or five hours sleep, but he said the right things. He mainly wanted me to know that he wanted me at Kentucky."

Orton again stressed that he did not ask for a release from UK Wednesday after another highly ranked prep player, Damarcus Cousins, verbally committed to Kentucky.

"I like Demarcus. I think we would play well together," Orton said. "We both have a great-inside outside game. We would compliment each other well. Then you would also have Pat (Patterson), (Matt) Pilgrim and (Perry) Stevenson."

Orton indicated he still wants to play for Kentucky.

"In my head, I totally believe it is Kentucky," Orton said. "I am sold on Kentucky. I like Kentucky."

Orton said a crowded front line of players at Kentucky next year didn't worry him.

"That kind of thing does not affect me. I really don't worry about that. I just have to sit down and think about a lot of things," Orton said.


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