Gillispie: Legion wants back, still not on team

Alex Legion met with head coach Billy Gillispie yesterday about a possible return to the UK basketball team, but Gillispie didn’t clear up the already murky situation about the freshman guard during a news conference yesterday.

Legion, who asked for and was granted his release from the team last Friday, decided to transfer from UK on Monday, just six games into his freshman season. Reports surfaced earlier this week that Legion wanted to return to the team, though, and Gillispie said he met with the player yesterday morning.

Even though Legion wants to return to the Cats, Gillispie said, he still hasn’t returned to the team.

“He’s not with the team,” Gillispie said. “We talked today for the first time. Alex is a good person, and he has the ability to be a good player at some point, and while he was with us he did a good job for us. But when a player chooses to do something different … we move on.”

But ultimately, it seemed that Gillispie didn’t close the door on Legion’s return.

“I have no idea,” Gillispie said when asked if he had ruled out a return.

“We met for a little bit,” Gillispie said. “I said, ‘We’ll talk.’ ”

The one thing Gillispie was sure of is that the situation will not be a distraction for the rest of his basketball team heading into the Indiana game tomorrow.

“I think our guys have done a fantastic job not letting that be a distraction for us,” Gillispie said. “It has not been a distraction for us and it will not be a distraction for us. There’s no way it could have been a distraction for us with the way we’ve competed in practice.”