May 15, 2010 by Post Team
Eloy Vargas:First, hearing the name Eloy Vargas “immediately after he made his decision to transfer from Florida after his first year. It was the end of summer and Vargas came to Lexington for a visit. No one really thought was an option Vargas academic for the period 2009-2010, but the groundwork was laid.
Vargas spent last season in Miami-Dade Junior College, averaging 25 points and 15 rebounds. As the prospects for UK power forward came and went, the name Vargas kept appearing. Then, the United Kingdom provided a tour of Vargas this weekend, and that led to the visit, another high-Vargas main suitor, Arizona, retired. Many speculated that it could be a compromise view.
Saturday afternoon validated that speculation, as Evan Daniels, followed by several other outlets reported that Vargas is committed to the truth ‘Cats, becoming the fifth member of a class that is now in a position to raise a number 1 national ranking, a doubling of that same feat last season.
Vargas was a highly rated prospect in the class of 2008, ranked as one of four stars according to all publications with a general ranking # 26 in rivals. Eloy Billy D’s crack no rotation of Florida in his rookie season, averaging less than four minutes per game and played only nine games throughout the year.
There is still some lingering concern about academics, but Vargas will be called upon to contribute immediately when the steps on campus. With the lack of depth in the frontcourt UK, who will play. I do not think he will be an instant star, but is quite qualified and meets the needs of the United Kingdom. Even if Terrence Jones follows his example (and perhaps Kenny Payne) and is committed to Kentucky, which will be number two in the UK in the choice of four.
We have plenty of time to learn about Eloy, but for now, welcome the newest member of the Kentucky Wildcats!
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