Michigan a possible new home for Legion, former coach says

Just a day after freshman guard Alex Legion told head coach Billy Gillispie that he was transferring from UK, speculation has started brewing as to where the freshman guard will end up.

His high school head coach Steve Smith of Oak Hill Academy (Va.) said yesterday that Legion will probably spend the winter break looking at his possible transfer options.

“I’d imagine he’d finish the semester and look at some places over the break so that he can play next year,” Smith said. “But I don’t know where he’ll go.”

But Legion, a native of Inkster, Mich., mentioned the University of Michigan as a possible destination, Smith said, after talking to his former player Monday night.

Legion originally signed his letter of intent with Michigan last year, but asked out of it when the Wolverines fired former head coach Tommy Amaker.

Current Michigan head coach John Beilein released Legion from his commitment to Michigan, and Legion chose to attend UK after the Cats announced Gillispie would become the new head coach.

Legion played a season-low six minutes against North Carolina, but Smith never said that playing time was an issue for Legion.

“He said he just didn’t feel like he fit (at Kentucky),” Smith said. “He didn’t tell me much.”

Legion played one season at Oak Hill Academy, where he helped the Warriors win a 2007 national championship. In his first three years of high school, Legion played Detroit Country Day High School in Michigan.

Smith said he did not speak to Legion during the freshman guard’s decision process, but he spoke to him on Monday, shortly after Legion decided to transfer.

“We have a coach-player relationship,” Smith said. “We speak every few weeks.”