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Orton commits to Kentucky

Posted on: October 12, 2008 8:19 pm

Kentucky managed to keep instate rival Louisville from stealing all the headlines this weekend when it gained a commitment from Class of 2009 star Daniel Orton. The 6-foot-10 center announced his intention to play for the Wildcats at a Sunday press conference, giving Billy Gillispie an obvious insurance policy in case Patrick Patterson enters the NBA Draft after his sophomore season.

Orton is rated as the 12th-best senior in the nation by

He had additional offers from Oklahoma State, Ohio State and a host of other schools.

With Orton off the board, that means13 of the top 20 prospects in's Class of 2009 rankings have committed to sign with a particular school next month. Here's an up-to-date rundown of the list:

1. Derrick Favors (uncommitted)

2. John Wall (uncommitted)

3. John Henson (committed to North Carolina)

4. Xavier Henry (uncommitted)

5. Renardo Sidney (uncommitted)

6. DeMarcus Cousins (committed to UAB)

7. Lance Stephenson (uncommitted)

8. Kenny Boynton (uncommitted)

9. Abdul Gaddy (committed to Arizona)

10. Avery Bradley (committed to Texas)

11. Ryan Kelly (committed to Duke)

12. Daniel Orton (committed to Kentucky)

13. Jordan Hamilton (committed to Texas)

14. Alex Oriakhi (committed to Connecticut)

15. Dominic Cheek (uncommitted)

16. Wally Judge (committed to Kansas State)

17. Dante Taylor (committed to Pittsburgh)

18. Dexter Strickland (committed to North Carolina)

19. Mason Plumlee (committed to Duke)

20. Thomas Robinson (committed to Kansas)

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Since: Nov 19, 2007
Posted on: October 15, 2008 6:46 pm

Orton commits to Kentucky

You must go to UCLA, it is Gardner-Webb and now Gillispie has his own players and is a relentless recruiter. I agree w/you about UNC though......

Since: Feb 4, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2008 10:31 pm

Orton commits to Kentucky

Good thing UCLA wasn't recruiting least they saved themselves the embarrassment of losing him to an "inferior school", to borrow UCLA-ite idiocy.  UK has been Orton's favorite since early summer, even tho he kept Kansas up there simply because, as any young man would, he wanted the free visit to another college campus, and the girls....who can blame him?  But whether or not Self performed his "Self-less" act or not, he wasn't getting Orton.  The kid's dad said back in May UK and kansas were at the top, but when you compared schools, there was no comparison.

Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2008 10:14 pm

Orton commits to Kentucky

Ucla was not recruiting him! Oh! and by the way we have another top ten recruiting class already and if we sign Michael Snaer we will be top four or five easy!!!!!

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2008 3:39 pm

Orton commits to Kentucky much as I would love to believe that will happen, I just don't see it.

Patrick is an intelligent young man from a stable, education-minded family.  This same family knows that a degree can be achieved at any time if you have the money to pay for it.  They are also aware that if someone calls you up and offers you two years of employment at a guaranteed 2 or 3 milliion dollars a don't grab.

Assuming Patrick develops along the same lines this year as last...he'll be gone.  It's the RIGHT thing to do.

Since: Jul 4, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2008 2:31 pm

Patterson and Orton

I do believe that Patterson and Orton will play for at least two years together meaning that Kentucky will dominate in the paint if Orton lives up to his potential.  Patterson has been answering the question of early entry a whole bunch lately.  Based off of what I've heard, he has pressure from his parents to stay and get a degree and I hope he sees out there wishes.

Since: Jan 27, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2008 12:40 am

Orton commits to Kentucky

I happen to agree with your assessment about Orton and Robinson, Duke fan.   I saw him at an open scrimmage last Saturday.  He is a big bodied post man with great footwork and soft hands.  He catches everything sent into the post with ease and has a feel for the defense and knows when to pass and when he has position to score.  He is team oriented, defensive minded, and pursues rebounds with a passion.  Meyer knocks him by saying he doesn't score enough.  I think he was watching him just after he injured his knee .... he obviously hasn't seen him lately.  He is big and quick and a load to handle one-on-one.

Also, after hearing Daniel speak at the press conference, I am very proud to have him represent my alma mater. 

Bill Self did a very smart thing by calling Daniel.  Daniel was a Kentucky lean anyway and it kept the headlines from reading "recruit picks Kentucky over Kansas".  Now it appears that Kansas "chose" Robinson over Orton. 


Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2008 8:23 pm

Orton commits to Kentucky

Great pickup by Kentucky.  What I find funny is that Daniel Orton narrowed it down to Kansas and Kentucky and then Thomas Robinson committed to Kansas.  Bill Self called Orton up and told him Kansas was no longer recruiting him, essentially giving Orton to Billy Gillispie.  In my opinion, I would rather have Daniel Orton than Thomas Robinson.  I know potential is overrated, but you can't teach 6-10, 260.  Orton has a chance to be a special college player as well as a lottery pick in the NBA Draft.

Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2008 7:55 pm

Orton commits to Kentucky

Ha ha what a loser.. o yeah UCLA has had 3 good years since 2000 and UK has has 1 bad one wow we must really suck...

Since: Oct 20, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2008 7:11 pm

Orton commits to Kentucky

is this the first year you was able to say that? congratulations its also your last time

Since: Nov 13, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2008 6:42 pm

Orton commits to Kentucky

and how many more times can Kentucky not win a pittifull sec and lose to Garner Webb and USD? At least we have had success while you guys are sitting on your coaches by first weekend of NCAA Tourneywaiting for next year.

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