Cats quiet on first day of signing period

Yesterday opened the first day of the spring signing period. While day one was quiet on the UK front, the Cats are expected to receive a National Letter of Intent sometime this week from College of Southern Idaho guard Kevin Galloway.

The junior college prospect signed his LOI yesterday morning but was waiting on his mother to sign it before sending it to UK, said Barrett Peery, Galloway’s current coach.

The 6-foot-6 point guard verbally committed to the Cats in February, joining Mason County’s Darius Miller and Chicago’s DeAndre Liggins in UK’s 2008 class.

“He’ll fit in well (at UK),” Peery said. “He has the talent and he’ll find his niche. A big factor in him choosing UK was (head coach Billy) Gillispie’s success with point guards.”

Galloway began his college career at Southern California before transferring to CSI for his sophomore season. CSI assistant coach Jeff Renegar said Galloway chose UK over several other schools.

“He’s ready to move on to bigger and better things,” Renegar said. “He had a lot of people wanting him, and (UK) did the best job on him. That’s why he’s going there.”

Galloway averaged 8.4 points, 8.5 assists and 4.1 rebounds in 32 games for CSI this past season.

“He’s a big lead guard that can pass well and see the floor,” Peery said. “His size gives him a big advantage, and he really rebounds well for a guard.”

Galloway visited UK over the weekend with teammate Juan Patillo, a 6-foot-7 forward who led CSI in scoring. But Renegar said Patillo hasn’t decided on his destination yet. Patillo is visiting Oklahoma this weekend.

Miller and Liggins both signed in the fall, and both will play in the 2008 adidas Derby Festival Basketball Classic, a high school all-star game, in Louisville on Saturday.

Galloway isn’t on the Derby Classic roster, but UK does have interest in one of the game’s two undecided prospects. Ater Majok, a 6-foot-10 center from Australia, lists UK among the schools he is interested in as he nears a decision, according to

Majok is also considering Connecticut, Baylor and Kansas.