Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Legion Returning to UK?; Oliver Transferring; Pocius Done

According to Seth Davis of, Kentucky freshman guard Alex Legion is rethinking his decision to transfer from Kentucky. Davis wrote that a source close to Legion also claimed coach Billy Gillispie would be open to Legion returning to the UK. Legion's mother, Annette, told the Lexington Herald-Leader that Alex has been back-and-forth since he announced his decision to transfer, likening it to a divorce. "The last 24 hours they’ve been working on my son," Annette Legion said. "It’s like a divorce. You don’t know how valuable that person is till you’re divorced." She also said Gillispie and Alex Legion have apparently worked out their differences, but she has not heard that directly from her son yet. "I’m told Billy and he have worked out their differences,” she said. “If that’s true, I will support him. I don’t have a problem if he goes back." The Wildcats announced Tuesday in a press release that Alex Legion was transferring and several media outlets began speculating he may go to Michigan, where he originally committed before reneging and heading to Lexington. He is averaging 6.7 points per game this season.

Washington sophomore guard Adrian Oliver has announced that he is leaving the Huskies' program and will transfer to another school. He informed coach Lorenzo Romar before practice on Tuesday that he wanted to go closer to home. "I know I see myself as a big-time player in this league," Oliver told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. "I didn't see myself being that sort of player in this program." Oliver confirmed that Pac-10 rivals California and Stanford are among the schools pursuing him. Romar said Oliver had trouble adjusting to life away from home in Modesto, Calif. "He thought being away from home was something that he could adjust to, but being here has just been too difficult for him, being away from his family," Romar told the Seattle Times. With Oliver gone, only one of four players remain from Romar's 2006 recruiting class. He averaged 3.4 points per game this season.

Duke junior guard Martynas Pocius will miss the rest of the season in order to recover from ankle surgery. He injured his left ankle in a win over Eastern Kentucky on Nov. 25 and has not played since. He will likely undergo surgery in January, allowing time for the swelling to go down. Pocius is expected to receive a medical redshirt and return next season. "We are 100 percent behind Marty," coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement. "This is a tough break for him and for the whole team. He worked extremely hard over the summer to be ready for this season and was making a steady contribution to the team. His presence in practice and in games will be missed." Pocius was averaging 4.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game prior to the injury.

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