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Legion May Reconsider Transferring From UK

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - One day after Kentucky announced freshman Alex Legion had told coach Billy Gillispie he wanted to transfer, Legion's mother says her son and Gillispie have apparently worked out their problems.

Annette Legion told the Lexington Herald-Leader on Tuesday that she had heard from two people about the possibility of the point guard reaching an understanding with Gillispie but had not heard directly from her son.

"I'm told Billy and he have worked out their differences," Annette Legion said. "If that's true, I will support him. I don't have a problem if he goes back. He's the one that's doing the hardship. He's the one doing the workouts."

Kentucky announced Monday night that Legion would transfer.

"You always hate to lose a valued member of your program, and Alex was definitely that," Gillispie said in the statement Monday night. "He has tremendous potential as a player and a student, but most importantly, he is a wonderful young man. We hate to see him leave, but if he can be happier elsewhere then all you can do is wish him the best."

Legion had started twice and played in all six of Kentucky's games. He averaged 6.7 points in 17-plus minutes per game.

Legion did not enter the game against North Carolina on Saturday until the 11:07 mark of the second half, after fans chanted his name.

Legion played a season-low six minutes and scored seven points against North Carolina.

His mother said playing time was not the problem. "It has nothing to do with basketball," she said.

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