PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Former University of Kentucky Wildcat Landon Slone has transferred to Pikeville College.
Slone, a Paintsville High School graduate who played his freshman season as a walk-on for Billy Gillispie last year, will be a student at Pikeville this semester and will have three years of athletics ability remaining.
Slone was a first-team all-state selection as a senior at Paintsville, where he averaged 25.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game and led the Tigers to the quarterfinals of the Sweet 16. The appearance was notable because Slone used it as a showcase for the basketball abilities he was known for in the mountains, as well as for an appropriate ending to the coaching career of Bill Mike Runyon.
Runyon is a member of the Pikeville College Athletics Hall of Fame.
At Kentucky, Slone played in 15 games last season, scoring 22 points and pulling down 17 rebounds. Averaging nearly seven minutes a game, Slone had nine assists and three steals while being charged only two turnovers for the season.
A sharp shooter with impressive range, Slone was a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line for the season.
Slone, a 6-foot-3 guard, was the 2008 15th Region player of the year, and the Adidas Appalachian Player of the Year as well as a first-team all-mountain selection as named by WYMT-TV. He was second-team all-state as a junior when he led the Tigers to the 15th Region All “A” championship and was named to the all-state-tournament team.
He was all-state honorable mention as a sophomore and third-team all-state as a freshman.