They say when your family encounters tragedy or tough times, it often brings you closer together. So, it should probably come as no surprise that the news of Billy Gillispie’s DUI sentence spurred former UK assistant Jeremy Cox and underage commitment Michael Avery to spend some time re-connecting this weekend in Tampa. Avery, now enjoying all the misery that tenth grade brings, took an unofficial visit to USF with about half of his Montverde Academy team for the Bulls’ game with West Virginia. Since moving to Florida from California, he’s gone to school and played basketball. Probably played video games. According to Rivals, seven users have given him a 3.57 star rating.
In other recruiting news, the son of Doc Rivers tells the Orlando Sentinel that he’s still committed to Florida but allowing Coach K and his staff to continue to snake their way in with him. But, rather than debating all the pros and cons of a couple of coaching has-beens trying to out-recruit each other, let’s focus on the part of the article where Rivers talks the Cats. Which, unfortunately, wasn’t too positive. Austin Rivers said he is “not feeling Kentucky“, further nailing it home thirteen words later by adding “I just don’t want to go to Kentucky”. Rivers, of course, gave all the “great coach and program but not for me” talk, but his message was clear. He does not fear your Facebook insults.*
*Please do not actually insult him over Facebook. Given his final two schools, you’ll have plenty of time to harass him properly in the near future.