Former Florida Gator Eloy Vargas is in Lexington for a visit this weekend. Vargas, who has departed Florida, would have to sit out this season and then would become eligible for the 2010-2011 season.
The Scout evaluation of Vargas, "Long and blocks a lot of shots. Strength is an issue and it would allow him to finish inside. Has a skill package and a high ceiling for growth."
Dave Telep ranked Vargas #33 in the class of '08. He was rated #26 by RSCI Hoops, and was a well thoght of prospect two years ago.
While Vargas was a bit of a disappointment for the Gators as a freshman it needs to be pointed out that Florida has become a revolving door for post players the last couple of seasons, and his not succeeding in a big way at Florida would in no way impact his success level should he become a Wildcat.
The Calipari system would fit more with the skill set that Vargas has at his disposal and Calipari has a knack of adding muscle to these young players who lack strength. His length and shot blocking ability is a definite plus.
With the offensive arsenal Calipari is likely to always have at his disposal on the perimeter, as well as the multidimensional do-it-all forwards who can score, players like Vargas are needed in a system where the team wants to get shots up on the glass and then crash the boards.
Vargas is one in a long line of players Donovan is seeking to replace Joakim Noah and Al Horford from his back-to-back national title teams of the middle of the decade. Florida's problem is that they have not shown a knack for developing talent, only utilizing the talents players arrive on campus with. Vargas is the eleventh player to transfer from Gainesville since the 2003-2004 season, many of those players have found more success away from the Florida campus.
Many around the Gator program feel that Vargas to Kentucky is going to happen. The young man was heavily recruited by current UK assistant Orlando Antigua, then with Pittsburgh, prior to casting his lot with the Gators.
Vargas in the house
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