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.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by SPIKE LEE OF KY.BB Location: LEX.KY. on Dec 10, 2007 at 06:21 AM
    THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA WELCOMED BILLY D BACK WITH OPEN ARMS NOT LONG AGO AND SO SHOULD BILLY G.ALEX IS A KID,GETTING BAD ADVICE OUTSIDE OF THE PROGRAM,STEVIE WONDER CAN SEE THAT.BILLY G SHOULD BE THE ONE TAKING THE HIGH ROAD IN THIS MATTER.AS LONG AS HE'S BEEN AROUND THE GAME,HE KNOWS WHAT'S UP.I'M FINDING IT DIFFICULT HOW HE'S HANDLING IT.I SPEAK THIS FROM MY MAJOR LEVEL EXPERIENCE.COACHES FLIP FLOP,PEOPLE FLIP FLOP.FANS IN ALL SPORTS WANT TO POINT FINGERS AT PLAYERS AND BAD MOUTH THEM,PLAY HEA GAMES.OBVIOUSLY THIS KID WAS AND IS IN TURMOIL.I JUST DON'T LIKE ALL THE BAD MOUTHING OF THIS KID AND I REPEAT,KID.HE HAS NOT BROKEN ANY LAWS,FAIL TO GO TO CLASS OR BROKE ANT TEAM RULES,SO WHY THE TRASH.IF THE HATERS KNEW HIS HEART,I'D LIKE TO THINK THEY WOULD ADJUST THEIR FILTERS.ALL THE STRONG TALK SHOULD BE TOWARDS THE ADULTS RUNNING THE PROGRAM AND NOT THE KIDS.SAVE IT.I REMEMBER HOW HARSH ADULTS WERE TOWARDS SHERAY THOMAS IN RUPP.COACH G NEEDS TO HANDLE THIS WITH THE QUICKNESS.
  • by Angie Location: kY on Dec 9, 2007 at 07:39 PM
    Ok, enough talk about this! I say let him go! If he cared in the least bit about this team, it wouldn't have even been an issue to begin with! On to something good, to all of you fans who are proud of our football team and coach, you need to go on to WWW.COACHOFTHEYEAR.COM and vote for Coach Brooks! He's in 4th place right now, he needs some more votes! Let's show our support for our coach!
  • by Brad Location: Frankfort on Dec 9, 2007 at 05:13 AM
    Show him the door and tell him not to let it hit him in the rear on the way out. Someone in this thread stated that kids out of high school are confused and do not know what to do with their life...BOLOGNA!, I was a Marine out of high school and while only 17 years old. He will have to earn PT and the respect of the coach, fans, university and other players and if he can not handle that then he needs to go. Nothing is going to be given to him at UK...try Louisville and maybe you can fit in there.
  • by Chuck Location: Bluegrass on Dec 7, 2007 at 07:39 PM
    To let him back will mean that you will have to beg him to stay the next time he gets his precious little feelings hurt. Let him and his mom take their ego's elsewhere. He's gone -- move on -- and rejoice!!
  • by robbie Location: richmond,ky on Dec 7, 2007 at 07:25 PM
    people need to stop being so harsh on him, he's a young man still confused with his life. as soon as you got out of high school did you know what you wanted to do with your life? and for the person who said kentucky basketball is a joke, just leave the state before i find you. we are a young team with a new coach, we not going to be great right now!give them some time,and have some faith!!
  • by A Location: Lexington on Dec 7, 2007 at 12:25 PM
    I say NO TAKE BACKS. Once you are gone, you're gone. Bunch of little cry babies. You have to earn playing time.
  • by SPIKE LEE OF KY.BB Location: LEX.KY. on Dec 7, 2007 at 05:41 AM
    UPON FURTHER REVIEW:FOR REAL,THIS STORY NEEDS A FORK IN IT.COACH SPOKE OF DISTRACTIONS AND THIS CERTAINLY IS.I AM STRUGGLING WITH THINGS BEING UP IN THE AIR.THEY MET,SO WHAT'S THE DEAL?THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO BE PLAYING HEAD GAMES.I'M BEGINING TO HAVE SOME ILL FEELINGS AND I DON'T WANT THAT.YOU'RE EITHER ON THE TEAM OR NOT.I HAVE ADJUSTED MY FILTER SEVERAL TIMES OVER THIS MATTER.WHATEVER PUNISHMENT COACH WANTS TO HAND DOWN,SERVE IT AND LETS FOCUS ON THE NEXT TEAM.SINCE COACH SPOKE SO HIGHLY OF LEGION,WHY THE DRAGGING OF THE FEET?THIS SADDENS ME FOR LEGION AND HIS TEAMMATES.IT IS SO CLEAR AND OBVIOUS HE'S GETTING POOR ADVICE FROM THE OUTSIDE.I HOPE COACH TAKES THAT IN CONSIDERATION AND PUT THIS MATTER TO BED.LAST,FANS ARE REALLY TOUGH AROUND HERE BIG TIME.NY FANS HAVE NOTHING ON KY FANS.
  • by Jeb Location: KY on Dec 7, 2007 at 05:24 AM
    Hey Anonymous; who is Ramel Bardley? LOL!The story states "Legion's mother says her son and Gillispie have apparently worked out their problems." WRONG!!! Apparently Legion's MOTHER and Gillispie have worked out their problems. It's mommy that is calling the shots. Spoiled, coddled kids that play sports feel they are the best thing since sliced bread. They have never been told otherwise. Yes, Tayshaun Prince would be a good example for these kids to follow.
  • by Anonymous Location: Lexington, Kentucky on Dec 6, 2007 at 11:23 PM
    If he wants to go, let him go. If he wants to stay, let him stay. Kentucky Basketball is a joke, it doesn't matter either way!
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Dec 6, 2007 at 08:10 PM
    Awwww...did the little Primadonna get his little feelings hurt? Send him packing, Billy, and worry about the guys who WANT to play...

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