Bledsoe's coach on player's decision

"Sometimes you might wonder how a new player would fit in. But there were no problems with him," Ford said. "He's easy-going all the time off the basketball court, but he's a real competitor on the floor.

When he found out Eric Bledsoe was going to be joining his team last season, coach Maurice Ford had a quick reaction.

"I was happy to have him because he I knew he was a great player. I didn't need to know anything other than that," said Ford, the coach at Parker High School in Birmingham, Ala.

Now University of Kentucky basketball fans might be feeling the same way after the 6-1, 185-pound point guard signed with the Wildcats Wednesday. "He's a good player, a good leader," Ford said. "He has a real good overall game. He plays real well offensively and defensively. He's not a one-dimensional player at all."

He averaged 20.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and 11.5 assists per game last season for the Class AAAAA state runner-up. Bledsoe's team beat another UK signee, DeMarcus Cousins of Mobile, and his team 52-39 in the state tourney this season after Bledsoe came to Parker following the closing of his school.

"Sometimes you might wonder how a new player would fit in. But there were no problems with him," Ford said. "He's easy-going all the time off the basketball court, but he's a real competitor on the floor.

"He just loves to play and has a passion for the game. He is a big-time player, especially in clutch situations. He just makes big plays at big times. He has that knack you cannot teach to anyone."


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