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Troy Williams leaves UK off current list

It wasn’t that long ago when Troy Williams and Kentucky were close to becoming Facebook official. Williams was on the verge of committing to the Cats last spring, but pushed the decision back to see other people. Now, it appears Kentucky is just a distant memory in Williams’ eyes.

According to an ESPN report yesterday, the No. 31 player on ESPN’s Top 100 is down to North Carolina, Indiana, Louisville, Ohio State, Alabama and Arkansas. He’ll take an unofficial visit to Chapel Hill for Midnight Madness and then use his first official visit in Bloomington a week later.

But don’t worry about us, Troy. We’ll take with us the memories, to be our sunshine after the rain.

It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

24 Comments for Troy Williams leaves UK off current list



  1. Who Cares
    11:31 am September 26, 2012 Permalink

    1st to say good riddance



  2. TomCrean
    11:37 am September 26, 2012 Permalink

    I’ve been thinking of you Troy…been thinking of you a whole lot



  3. mark
    11:46 am September 26, 2012 Permalink

    We are in good shape with 7 players ranked higher than him. I’m glad he moved on, for his sake and the Cats. We used to stay up all night hoping for the #35 player to sign with us — now we have too much talent beating down the doors, and there aren’t enough scholarships to accommodate him. Go Cal.



  4. Kevin
    11:59 am September 26, 2012 Permalink

    Wonder what would happen if Cal called and said, “Troy, we really want you! Commit!”



  5. symphonist41169
    12:09 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe he knows of some intentions from other players ranked higher than him & figures he won’t see much playing time at UK?



  6. Says me
    12:12 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    #3- there are plenty of scholarships, but the rest of what you’re saying is exactly right.

    Williams is a talented athlete, but his skill level simply isn’t there. That works for a big interior player (like Willie Cauley-Stein, or Marcus Lee in the 2013 class), but not for a perimeter guy. If Williams came to UK, he’d be recruited over just about every year. The best he could hope for would be a Deandre Liggins’ type role, and for a kid who was top 10 in his class until this past spring/summer, that’s probably not something he’d be happy with.



  7. notplayingthisgame
    12:16 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    Good luck to him, just hope he doesn’t settle for UL and never play in the NBA. For his sake.



  8. Kevin
    12:26 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    Let’s face it, right now we only have Derrick Willis and he shouldn’t even have a scholarship. The kid won’t see a minute of playing time his first 2 years. While we are “in contention” for 7 of the top players, NONE of them are locks. If we lose the Harrison twins to UMD, we will have to recruit lower-tier guards. 2013 was shaping up to be a tremendous class, but I’m starting to have my doubts. Other teams (UNC, Florida, Duke) already have 2 studs signed. We have Willis. I hope Cal works his magic in the late signing period, because it could get ugly if the Twins dont commit.



  9. Kevin
    12:27 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    But then again, this is what we should expect with Cal. Every single year we will have a 90% roster turnover, and have to wait until April or May to find out what next seasons team will look like. Eventually, we’re going to find ourselves on the short end of the stick and be stuck with walk-ons in the starting lineup.



  10. Says me
    12:37 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    Wow. I would think 102-14 with 2 FF’s and a National Title in 3 years would stop the type of foolishness exhibited by Kevin, but I guess I underestimate the irrationality of some people.

    UK is favored for the Harrisons, and favored for Wiggins if he reclassifies (which he probably will). Those 3 alone might be enough to make UK preseason #1 next year, and that doesn’t even take Randle into account. That being the case, you don’t sign borderline 5 star guys who might mess with your chances at the real studs. I think Cal is being very, very patient with recruiting because he knows that 2013-14 could be his best class ever, with potentially his best team ever.



  11. barn
    12:43 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    according to rivals he didn’t have an offer from UK



  12. UKBlue1!
    1:06 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    #8. 1. No one has signed with anyone. 2.I think you must be a Da’Ville fan posing? 3. If you aren’t. Cal isn’t Tubby or BillyClyde.



  13. Kevin
    1:10 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    10) Did you read what i said? None of them are locks. “Hopefully”, “probably” and “likely” are great and all, but it doesn’t guarantee anything. We were “likely” to get Shabazz and others– but we didn’t. A month ago, we were “probably” going to get Jabari Parker, then he cut us from his list. I love Cal but it doesn’t help the offseason anxiety of not knowing what your team is going to look like the next season.



  14. RichieFarmer'sMustache
    1:14 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    13) If you have anxiety over John Calipari’s recruiting at the University of Kentucky, then you have serious issues. Get a life.



  15. LeVar Burton
    1:25 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    Carolina’s been on his list from the start. Considering, he’ll be there for Midnight Madness, would be surprised if he ends up there. But you don’t have to take my word for it.



  16. The Rock
    1:28 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t know where this road is going to lead (Hopefully The Harrisons, Randle, Wiggins and Young.) All I know is where we’ve been, and what we’ve been through (four straight top ranked recruiting classes.) If we get to see tomorrow, I hope it’s worth all the pain (5th straight #1 recruiting class and another banner.)



  17. CATNTN
    1:33 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    Cals got this. Sit back and enjoy the ride.



  18. JodyRay25
    1:39 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    If Cal has done anything, he has earned our confidence in his recruiting abilities. The UK basketball program is in the best hands it could be in. Why worry about 2013’s players when 2012 season hasn’t even started yet? We may not even lose a single player (unlikely) for all we know and not need ANY recruits.



  19. Not News
    1:44 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    Cal told him to look elsewhere a long time ago and hasn’t recruited him since he had a poor AAU summer. He never held a UK offer, so he was never close to committing. UNC has also pretty much dropped him but still letting him be recruited as a favor to Uncle Boo and for hype. That’s why you see the 2nd tier schools now on his list.

    IU and UofL are desperate for him so they can tout his (over)ranking and claim to have beaten out UK.



  20. STEVE!
    2:16 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    19 – You’re right. It’s nice to be the standard by which all other classes are judged. When UT got the commitment from the Hubbs kid, they made sure to report that he had offers from other schools and had “received interest” from UK. Of course, Cal had never been in the kid’s home and had not offered a scholarship.



  21. hunter012375
    3:03 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    I thought Megamind was a lock, he was Kentucky Blue in the movie and all…



  22. Badams
    7:39 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    I think we all know Cal told him to hold off. Young was blowin up on the scene and I’m sure for quite sometime Cal knew Wiggins may reclassify. No way he’d take Williams over those two. Williams has dropped in rankings anyway so UNC can have our leftovers.



  23. coldspringmike
    8:13 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    Kevin, take 2 Tylenol and get a good nights sleep. It will be better in the morning. Young commits this weekend.



  24. no
    8:54 pm September 26, 2012 Permalink

    Kevin, if we don’t get the Harrisons then Cal will probably talk Harrow and Goodwin into staying. As long as we get Wiggins, we’ll be preseason number one in almost any scenario. He’s that good.