U of L an option for Steffphon Pettigrew?

Elizabethtown (Ky.) High School's Steffphon Pettigrew is a leading candidate for the state's Mr. Basketball honor. The 6'5, 215-pound forward currently leads the state in scoring and rebounding. Could U of L eventually be among the schools extending a scholarship offer? InsideTheVille.com has the latest...

Elizabethtown (Ky.) High School two-sport star Steffphon Pettigrew will have his pick of schools when he gets to the point when he begins to sit down and consider his college options. Thing is, with Pettigrew, he may also have the opportunity to pick between high-major scholarship offers in both basketball and football.

Possibly the leading candidate for the state's Mr. Basketball honor, Pettigrew, 6'5, 215-pounds, currently leads the Bluegrass State in scoring with a 35.6 per game average. His 14.3 rebound per game average also tops the state.

Bradley, Dayton, Duquesne, Eastern Kentucky, Evansville and Morehead State are among those that extended early scholarship offers to the power forward. Western Kentucky recently joined the growing list of suitors.

"Western Kentucky offered me when I went up to one of their basketball games," said Pettigrew. "I have also talked to Tulane, Ole Miss and UMass."

Pettigrew doesn't list a current group of favorites, nor is he shutting out the possibility of playing football on the college level.

"I'm just trying to keep all of my options right now," said Pettigrew. "You want to keep trying to go with what you passions, but you have look at everything."

An athletic wide receiver, that could also play tight end, Pettigrew has played limited football. He didn't take to the gridiron this fall and only played in seven games as a junior, when he hauled in 28 receptions for 363 yards and 7 touchdowns.

That type of potential has kept the interest of U of L assistant Greg Nord. After watching him play in the recent King of the Bluegrass tournament at Fairdale, Nord and the Cardinals seem to be turning up their interest in Pettigrew.

"He came by the school on Monday," Pettigrew told InsideTheVille.com. "I talked to him about what it's like there and he wanted to let me know that if I wanted to play football that they would offer me."

Nord had hoped to have Pettigrew join the growing list of official visitors on campus this weekend.

"He asked me if I wanted to come up there this weekend, but I told him that I'd have to think about it," said Pettigrew. "I'm going to really think about taking one next week."

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