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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: The Billy Gillispie File…..

With the news on Monday that KC Ross-Miller was headed to Auburn, it really got me thinking about the load of players that Billy Gillispie either brought in or tried to bring in to the Kentucky program.  All in all, Gillispie took 15 commitments during his time in Lexington.  The full total is 16, but I never know what to do with Patrick Patterson.  It is true that Patterson committed under Gillispie, but the large amount of work was done by Tubby Smith.  I go back and forth on whether Patterson should be a Gillispie player or not, but for the sake of this post, I am keeping Patterson out.  He was likely headed to Lexington either way.  As for the other 16 guys, take a look at how those careers went or are going:

Guys who played at UK
Alex Legion (Class of 2007) 
07-08 (Kentucky): 6.7 ppg, 1.8 rpg
08-09 (Illinois): 3.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg
09-10 (Illinois): 2.7 ppg, 0.9 rpg
10-11 (Florida International): 13.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg

Donald Williams (Class of 2008) 
08-09 (Kentucky): Redshirt
09-10 (Antelope Valley JC): 16.6 ppg
10-11 (Ole Miss): 2.2 ppg
11-12 (Rogers State): 14.6 ppg
12-13 (Rogers State): 16.2 ppg

Kevin Galloway (Class of 2008-Junior College Transfer)
08-09 (Kentucky): 1.9 ppg, 1.8 rpg
09-10 (Texas Southern): Transfer Year
10-11 (Texas Southern): 10.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg

Josh Harrellson (Class of 2008-Junior College Transfer)
08-09 (Kentucky): 3.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg

09-10 (Kentucky): 1.3 ppg, 1.2 rpg
10-11 (Kentucky): 7.6 ppg, 8.6 rpg

Darius Miller (Class of 2008)
08-09 (Kentucky): 5.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg

09-10 (Kentucky): 6.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg
10-11 (Kentucky): 10.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg
11-12 (Kentucky): 9.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg

Deandre Liggins (Class of 2008)
08-09 (Kentucky): 4.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg
09-10 (Kentucky): 3.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg
10-11 (Kentucky): 8.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg

Daniel Orton (Class of 2009)
09-10 (Kentucky): 3.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg

Jon Hood (Class of 2009)
09-10 (Kentucky): 1.2 ppg, 0.7 rpg
10-11 (Kentucky): 0.8 ppg, 0.7 rpg
11-12 (Kentucky): Redshirt
12-13 (Kentucky): 1.5 ppg, 1.2 rpg
13-14 (Kentucky): 1.2 ppg, 0.3 rpg

Guys who never made it to UK
GJ Vilarino (Class of 2009)

09-10 (Gonzaga): 2.3 ppg, 0.3 apg
10-11 (Appalachain St): Redshirt Year
11-12 (Appalachain St): 3.8 ppg, 1.3 apg
(Vilarino left App St following 11-12 year and did not play college basketball again)

Konner Tucker (Class of 2009)
09-10 (Wake Forest): 2.2 ppg, 0.2 apg
10-11 (S.Houston St): Redshirt Year
11-12 (S. Houston St): 12.0 ppg, 1.0 apg
12-13 (UTEP): 10.1 ppg, 1.4 apg

Dakotah Euton (Class of 2010)
10-11 (Akron): 1.1 ppg, 0.9 rpg
11-12 (Asbury): 14.9 ppg, 7.7 rpg
12-13 (Asbury): 10.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg
13-14 (Asbury): 6.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg

KC Ross Miller (Class of 2010)
10-11 (New Orleans): 9.2 ppg, 3.2 apg
11-12 (N.Mexico St): Transfer Year
12-13 (N.Mexico St): 5.3 ppg, 2.3 apg
13-14 (N.Mexico St): 8.3 ppg, 5.3 apg
(Miller announced he will transfer after the year to Auburn.  In his final game at NMSU, he started a brawl)

Dominique Ferguson (Class of 2010)
10-11 (Florida International): 7.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg
11-12 (Florida International): 8.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg
(Ferguson then entered 2012 NBA Draft after being denied transfer from FIU.  Has played in England and Bulgaria since)

Vinny Zollo (Class of 2011)
11-12 (Western Kentucky): 3.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg
12-13 (Furman): Only lasted 1 semester before transferring to NW Florida State
13-14 (NW Florida State): 3.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg
(Vollo has now transferred to Cleveland State and has 2 years remaining of eligibility)

Michael Avery (Class of 2012)
12-13 (Sonoma St): 1.8 ppg, 1.5 rpg
13-14 (Sonoma St): 3.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg

2 Quick Facts from these numbers:

1. Billy Gillispie UK commits played 33 Division-1 seasons total.  Only 6 times did a player average more than 10ppg and 1/3 of those were Konner Tucker.

2. The 7 guys who never made it to Kentucky have now played at 15 different schools.  7 guys……15 schools.

Thank you John Calipari.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

27 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: The Billy Gillispie File…..



  1. John Ellis
    9:14 am May 21, 2014 Permalink

    Tubby also had Draymond Green coming in. He had a hell of a team assembled. Green of course starred at Mich. St., won the only POY award Davis didn’t and is now starring in the pros. Green took one look at Gillispie and bolted.



  2. SHOCKLEE
    9:16 am May 21, 2014 Permalink

    This post makes me want to throw up. I cant believe Micheal Avery received an offer from UK….. in 8th grade. Lets you know you have to appreciate where we are now.



  3. LJX
    9:20 am May 21, 2014 Permalink

    It is also amazing how many transfers all of those kids have. Speaks to the maturity level of the players BCG was recruiting.



  4. asdf
    9:33 am May 21, 2014 Permalink

    I always thought Kevin Galloway had tons of potential. Cal could have made him a first rounder had he stayed here.



  5. FearTheBrow
    9:43 am May 21, 2014 Permalink

    Just shows you to win at a high level at a program like UK you have to either get a team full of McD’s All-Americans or get a little less talent and be an incredible floor coach. Coach Cal is the former, Tubby is the latter, and Gillispie is neither. I’m still amazed at the lack of vetting of Gillispie by Mitch B.



    • Brian
      2:19 pm May 21, 2014 Permalink

      Actually we have a massive body of evidence that Tubby is neither.



  6. jake from state farm
    9:45 am May 21, 2014 Permalink

    Morakinyo Williams and AJ Stewart were signed by Tubby I guess?



    • Bryan the Intern
      9:46 am May 21, 2014 Permalink

      Yes.



  7. wrong name
    9:46 am May 21, 2014 Permalink

    Daniel Orton was a one and done player under Calipari for his first year at UK.



    • Haha
      9:54 am May 21, 2014 Permalink

      And recruited by….. you guessed it Mr. Billy Clyde himself.



    • Azubuike's Bicep
      9:56 am May 21, 2014 Permalink

      He was recruited and signed by Gillispie. Decided to stay after Cal came in.



    • Rae
      11:20 am May 21, 2014 Permalink

      We had a couple of players Cal wanted at Memphis, surprisingly: Orton and Liggins.



  8. Reality
    9:48 am May 21, 2014 Permalink

    And this, coupled with Joker, shows how close Mitch B was to losing his job.



  9. bluemanchew
    9:53 am May 21, 2014 Permalink

    That video is what’s wrong with espn today. Did they not see the same video we seen. The lady asks him how did this happen. His response the fans the ncaa. Nothing about the kids acting crazy. Its sad when you can’t hold a person accountable. Same thing when marcus smart acted a fool. Then he lied about what the fan said. I never heard anybody ask marcus why he lied. The truth is if GJ doesn’t throw that ball at the player nothing happens. But he will not learn that lesson. Because we are not allowed to say it was his fault.



  10. jonnypingpong
    10:47 am May 21, 2014 Permalink

    OMG – those recruits were clowns :/ Thank goodness for Cal !!!



  11. Ryan
    11:02 am May 21, 2014 Permalink

    Remember when Dominique Ferguson was a top 10 players and many scouts were saying he had the chance to be the best player in the class. Then the scout discovered how lazy he was and his stock dropped like a rock.I remember he was drawing a lot of Prince comparisons for his skill set. It’s amazing to look at that list and think those are the kids that could have been wearing Blue and White. Speaking of kids that were recruited by BCG, what ever happened to Hunter McClintock? Does anyone know what happened to the YouTube sensation?



  12. Clam
    11:04 am May 21, 2014 Permalink

    Wow. We were a year or two away from sliding down farther than IU ever did. As IU is showing, there is no guarantee that you can ever get back up once you fall that low. I can’t believe that drunk psychopath had the keys to the kingdom.



    • Wouldn't go that far
      12:11 pm May 21, 2014 Permalink

      At their worst, IU had a season where they didn’t even get 10 wins. I don’t think we would have been that terrible. It would have been bad, sure, but they were disgracefully bad.



  13. Edd
    11:07 am May 21, 2014 Permalink

    Matt, what’s the rule on wearing the uniform of your favorite sumo rassler?



  14. Hill
    12:52 pm May 21, 2014 Permalink

    With the team Gillespie was assembling, I doubt they could have beaten Morehead, EKU or Murray State.



  15. Han
    12:53 pm May 21, 2014 Permalink

    You forgot The Beast, Matt Pilgrim, who sat out a year here before ending up at OK St when Cal didn’t keep him on.



  16. somerset bill
    1:50 pm May 21, 2014 Permalink


    • somerset bill
      1:52 pm May 21, 2014 Permalink

      ha. sorry, han. i loaded the page, went back to work for a while came back and commented without reloading.



  17. Jsvice
    2:40 pm May 21, 2014 Permalink

    Dude in the video says “stort corming”.



  18. Computer Blue
    3:22 pm May 21, 2014 Permalink

    Those were some tough, gritty players.



  19. 2020
    4:53 pm May 21, 2014 Permalink

    S. Houston State? It’s Sam Houston State, not South Houston State. Like saying “I went to B. Young University.”



  20. Don't kill me BBN
    9:29 pm May 21, 2014 Permalink

    After the Billy G. Era, I’m not really sure how Barnhart kept his job. My only thinking is that UK thought they had Billy Donovan, then he left for the NBA for 30 seconds and went back to Florida. There had to be someone better than Clyde out there. Cal was the only candidate to turn around a program in 1 off-season. Still feel like Barnhart let the BBN down and could have set us back further if Cal didn’t show up. Cutler should have been chasing Clyde and Barnhart down that hallway looking for answers. I’m in no way discrediting his work since then. But that was low point in my 28 years of UK fandom.