Two players, two transfers. Could they both end up at UK? Eventually? Probably not.
Eloy Vargas committed to Kentucky yesterday, and continued the pipeline from Miami Dade College to the number one recruiting class for Coach Calipari. So what do we know about Vargas? Right now, not much. But with my good friend – the internet – I can provide you with a crash course on Mr. Vargas.
What You Want To Know:
-This was not Eloy’s first look at Kentucky. When he initially transfered from Florida to Miami Dade, there was some speculation that he would skip the Junior College and come straight to Kentucky. In fact, the Gainseville Sun wrote about that possibility two Augusts ago.
-While at Florida, Eloy was supposedly suffering from an ankle injury that stifled his productivity. During his freshman year, he barely saw the court, averaging less one point and one rebound a game.
-Still, as you have probably read, while at Miami Dade Vargas either got fully healthy or thrived in the Dan Werner-less atmosphere, and averaged 25 points and 15 boards per game. A huge step up from his Florida days. For comparison, while at Miami Dade, Darnell Dodson averaged 16 and 5.
-But with the good comes bad. While it was never commented on publicly, part of the assumption as to why Vargas left Florida centered around questions to his academic eligibility for the following season. While it is possible that the rumors were not true, that a redoubled effort from Calipari will solve those problems, or that Vargas has left those tendencies behind him, it is something to keep in mind after the disappointing team GPA issue this past year.
-As is being asked about in the comment section, it appears as though Vargas fits the Calipari mold of long athletic wing players, even if he is listed as a Center on some pages. He is tall at 6’10” – but every weight that we could find has him between 205 and 220, which puts him close to the Perry Stevenson frame of 6’9″ and 207 lbs. The most recent weight available for Eloy is from his MDC player bio, and lists him at 210 lbs.
-With that being said, the reported pitch from Calipari can be summed up coming from his AAU coach
“Eloy was impressed with how blunt (Calipari) was,” AAU coach Kenny Gillion told the Courier-Journal. “He told him there was an opportunity to play and get to the NBA as long as he was as good as he says he is and as long as he comes in and works hard … That was a huge selling point for Eloy.”
It is good to hear that Vargas knows he will need to work hard to succeed, especially after his lackluster year at Florida, so it will be interesting to see how he responds to the demands of a bigger pressure program like Kentucky.
-Gillion also mentioned this gem when discussing the Vargas commitment, “The Kentucky situation gives Eloy an opportunity to come in and start for the nation’s hottest team.’’ When put like that, it’s a wonder why anyone doesn’t pick Kentucky to play for. You hear that Terrence Jones?