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Gillispie: Jasper May Leave UK

It was billed as an “end of the season opportunity” for reporters to ask questions of UK Basketball coach Billy Gillispie, but one bit of news was anything but routine.

Gillispie said that guard Derrick Jasper is considering transferring to another school. Gillispie said that he'd heard the rumors about Jasper's homesickness since he arrived at Kentucky.

Gillispie says should he return and if his knee is back to 100%, Jasper could be an all-Southeastern Conference player.

If Jasper goes home to California, Kentucky would be extremely thin at the guard position.

Two starters, Ramel Bradley and Joe Crawford, have graduated. Jodie Meeks underwent surgery earlier this month to repair a bilateral sports hernia, and of course, freshman phenom Patrick Patterson is recovering from a stress fracture.

In one other bit of news, Gillispie said it was also likely that freshman Morakinyo Williams would be transferring to a place where he could get more playing time.

The UK coach also briefly dismissed as rumor the speculation that Oklahoma State had targeted him to coach the Cowboys. Former Wildcat Travis Ford will be introduced as the Cowboys new coach Thursday afternoon.


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