Posted on: June 27, 2009 7:24 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2009 7:53 pm
Former Kentucky student Matt Pilgrim is expected to visit Memphis Sunday and could announce a transfer to the C-USA school in the next week, a source close to Pilgrim told CBSSports.com on Saturday.
An initial attempt to reach Pilgrim for comment was unsuccessful.
This development is interesting because Pilgrim transferred from Hampton to Kentucky after the 2007-08 season, sat out last season per NCAA transfer rules and was expected to play for the Wildcats in 2009-10. But that all changed when John Calipari left Memphis for Kentucky, oversigned and thus needed to move players out of the program to allow his six incoming freshmen to enroll.
One of the players moved out was Pilgrim.
He did not want to leave.
And that's one of the reasons why a source close to Pilgrim told CBSSports.com that Calipari is working with new Memphis coach Josh Pastner to make this likely transition go as smoothly as possible. According to a source close to Pilgrim, Calipari and Pastner have been in contact, and Calipari has told Pastner he will not only release Pilgrim to Memphis, but that he will back Pilgrim's expected request of a waiver that, if granted, would allow Pilgrim to play for the Tigers this season.
Under normal circumstances, Pilgrim would have to sit out another year before becoming eligible in 2010-11. But the hope is that the NCAA recognizes that Pilgrim is only transferring for a second time because he was nudged out of Kentucky. In other words, Pilgrim had no say in the matter. And a source close to Pilgrim said there is precedent for the NCAA to grant a waiver under these circumstances.
Pilgrim's connection to Memphis is through Tiger assistant Glynn Cyprien.
Cyprien spent the past two years on Billy Gillispie's staff at UK.
He worked in practices with Pilgrim all last season.
Posted on: June 11, 2009 10:26 am
Kevin Galloway and Matt Pilgrim will not return to Kentucky next season, a source close to the program confirmed for CBSSports.com on Thursday morning. Consequently, the Wildcats are now down to 12 scholarship players set to be on the team assuming all the recruits qualify, 13 scholarship players if all the recruits qualify and Jodie Meeks withdraws from the NBA Draft.
The NCAA limit is 13 scholarship players.
The following is UK's roster of scholarship players (if Meeks withdraws from the draft):