Matt Eisele, the head coach at Miami Dade College, says his former player "will be back" with the Wildcats next season even though UK coach John Calipari proclaimed several times in the last month that UK would have only four players back off this year's team. The four were Darius Miller, Josh Harrellson, Jon Hood and DeAndre Liggins. However, Dodson's status apparently has changed and now he's back in Calipari's good graces.
"I don't want to get into any other stuff, but Darnell will be back at Kentucky," said Eisele Monday. "He is happy there and appreciates what coach Cal and (assistant) coach (Orlando) Antigua have done for him. Coach Antigua recruits my guys and is a good guy."
Kentucky got a verbal commitment from current 6-11 Miami Dade product Eloy Vargas over the weekend.
Dodson started seven games last season and played in 35 after transferring from Miami Dade. He averaged 6.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 14.5 minutes per game. He shot 34.7 percent (50-for-144) from 3-point range and led UK in 3-point field goals.
"Darnell can play. The two biggest things he has to do are play with more effort and be more consistent on defense," Eisele said. "It is the first time he has been in a situation where he is not the first scoring option. He's always had the ball in his hands and it has been an adjustment for him.
"Coach Cal has done a great job with him. He had some good non-conference games and some good games in the SEC. The best basketball