VAUGHT: Porter has no regrets

Michael Porter admits this summer has been different for him. Since he's already got his degree, he's not taking any classes at Kentucky as he awaits the start of graduate school this fall. He's also not playing basketball — or any sport — for the first time in the summer since he was 3 or 4 years old.

"It's been a lot different," said Porter. "I have a lot more time on my hands. I work out, but it is a different type of workout than when I played basketball.

"I've tried to look for a job because I have more time than ever on my hands now. I do miss basketball at times, but I have been fine. It's not too bad."

Porter could have been preparing for his senior season after spending last season as UK's starting point guard. However, after coach Billy Gillispie was fired, Porter decided he was ready to end his career.

His wife is expecting their first child in mid-July and he's been spending a lot more time with her as they prepare for their new arrival.

"I don't have any regrets about my decision. I miss basketball and miss the competitive aspect, but I don't regret it. I knew it was best for me. I am fine with the decision," he said.

So was he treated fairly or did Calipari force him out to free a scholarship for an incoming freshman?

"Coach Calipari was fine. I just went in one day and told him I felt like I was done playing basketball. We talked about it. He said he respected my decision and that was that. He didn't do anything to make me quit or anything like that. I just thought it was the right time to step away," Porter said.

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