Cats looking at transfers

Kentucky continues to broaden its search for a big man in the 2010 class. After losing most of their frontline, the Wildcats look to a JUCO and a D-1 transfer for depth.

Kentucky continues to broaden its search for a big man in the 2010 class. After losing most of their frontline, the Wildcats look to a JUCO and a D-1 transfer for depth.

Former UTEP star Arnette Moultrie put his name in the NBA draft, but decided to withdraw prior to the deadline. Moultrie also decided that he would not return to UTEP. His former coach, Tony Barbee left the school for the SEC's Auburn Tigers this spring and now Moultrie could face his former coach at some point. According to CBS's Gary Parrish, Moultrie has considered Mississippi State and Arkansas. Both programs may be blocked from Moultrie on his release by UTEP however. Also his hometown Memphis Tigers, home-state Tennessee Volunteers, Texas and Kentucky have inquired.

The 6-foot-11, 225-pounder averaged 10 points and seven boards a game for the Miners. Moultrie would have to sit out the 2010-11 season as a transfer. He would have two more years to play.

A former SEC big man, turned JUCO, Eloy Vargas, will be at Kentucky this weekend on an official visit.

Vargas transferred from Florida after his freshman year to Miami-Dade where he averaged 25 points per game and double digit rebounds. The 6-foot-10, 225-pound forward is considering the Wildcats, along with North Carolina, Arizona and Seattle.

Vargas is especially close with Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua. "There is interest there because of what Kentucky has done and what Calipari has done, but especially because Antigua is there," said Kenny Gillion, Vargas's former AAU coach.

Vargas would be available immediately and have two more years to compete.


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