Bledsoe receives family support

Maureen Riddick: "I always encouraged him to believe in himself," said Reddick, who has attended numerous games this year. "He is more like me. He will get tense and frustrated, but I will just tell him to slow down and wait and it will come to you.

Eric Bledsoe's family always believed in him, especially his mother, Maureen Reddick.

"I always encouraged him to believe in himself," said Reddick, who has attended numerous games this year. "He is more like me. He will get tense and frustrated, but I will just tell him to slow down and wait and it will come to you.

"I am not surprised by what he has done this year. I told Eric, ‘You are going to do great. Your mom will be right there to support you 100 percent.'"

Reddick says she will be involved with his decision about whether to declare for the NBA draft or return to Kentucky for his sophomore season, when he likely won't have Wall, Patterson or Cousins with him.

"I will help him. It's a lot to think about, but at the end of the day with the Lord's help, everything will work out and it will all take its course," she said. "I already knew this day was coming, so I prepared myself. There is nothing bad, just all good.

"We do have hard decisions. There is not a bad choice to make. It will be hard. I told Eric it is his decision and always will be his decision, and I will stand by him and support him 100 percent in all he does.

"When he first came to college and left Birmingham, I cried and cried. I was so used to my kids being with me, and for one to go off to college so many miles away it was hard. I always told him we are only a phone call away. It would probably get to me and be harder on me than him for him to be playing in the NBA or somewhere else next year."

Bledsoe tried to block out thoughts about his future and what decisions were ahead for him.

"I am not worried about that," he said after UK's season-ending loss. "I will have to think about it because I just love this team. We have a good team, but I have to think about myself, too.

"Sometimes it can be hard not to think about the future, but I also wanted to make history. I was thinking about that and not where I will be next year."

What about the chance to prove he can star without Wall at Kentucky?

"I get that all the time. It catches my eye sometimes and I think about it every now and then, but you can't make a decision on your future based on thinking like that," said Bledsoe, who had 24 points in his UK debut against Morehead State.

He insists despite some media speculation that he has been vigilant about his academic work.

"It is crazy. We have to come out in games and perform because there are a lot of people watching us play hard. It gets our body tired, and then we have to wake up next day and go to class," he said. "I am taking 15 hours."

And the toughest class?

"History. I just don't like it. But I am fighting through it," he said.


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