Vargas commits to Kentucky

A commitment from Eloy Vargas helps to fill the void left by departing players. Kentucky lost four post players off the 2009-2010 season, three of those players are likely to be first round NBA draft picks next month. Kentucky's John Calipari is likely to try to add one more frontcourt player to his squad, as he seeks to rebuild a team which is losing five underclassmen to the NBA draft.

Scout's Evan Daniels has reported that Eloy Vargas has committed to play basketball for John Calipari's Kentucky Wildcats.

Daniels reports that Vargas, who was a four star top 50 recruit in the high school class of 2008, gave a commitment while on a visit to the Lexington campus.

Kentucky assistant coach Orlando Antigua was a primary reason for Vargas choosing Kentucky over North Carolina, Arizona and Seattle.

Kenny Gillion, who coached Vargas on the AAU circuit, told Daniels, "Eloy will be headed to Kentucky. The biggest reason was Orlando and him feel its a good opportunity for him to come in and start."

Vargas, a 6-10 225 pound post player, averaged 25 points and more than ten rebounds a game for Miami-Dade last season, after transferring from Florida following his freshman season.

Vargas will come to Kentucky as a junior and have two years of eligibility remaining.

The big man from the Dominican gives Kentucky another post presence to go with incoming freshman Enes Kanter.

Calipari earlier stated an intent to sign as many as two additional players this spring. There are a number of potential candidates to fill the final spot.

Kentucky is still in the hunt for Portland's Terrence Jones. With Rod Strickland's move from assistant to an administrative position on the Kentucky staff it is rumored that former Louisville player and current Oregon assistant Kenny Payne will join the Kentucky staff.

Payne has long been rumored to be in line for the next assistant coaching position at Kentucky, and has a long term relationship with Jones. Should Payne choose to come to Kentucky his presence may be enough to push Kentucky over the top in the pursuit of Jones. Jones is down to Kentucky and Washington, after giving Washington a verbal commitment, then backing off that commitment shortly thereafter.

The addition of Jones would help to compensate for the loss of junior Patrick Patterson, an expected lottery selection.

The Wildcats also appear to be recruiting Kadeem Jack, who is being recruited by Kentucky and North Carolina.

Kentucky is also on the list of potential destinations for Arnette Moultrie. Moultrie has withdrawn from the NBA draft and plans to transfer from UTEP and sit out the 2010-2011 season as a transfer.

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