Legion Casts His Lot with Wildcats

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Alex Legion, a 6-foot-5 guard and top national prospect from Detroit who has been attending Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, has decided to play college basketball for Kentucky.

Legion and his mother visited Kentucky's campus last week, and his coach at Oak Hill, Steve Smith, told the Lexington Herald-Leader, "They both just felt that was the place."

Legion said he has always enjoyed watching the Wildcats.

"Kentucky has a great tradition," he told The Courier-Journal of Louisville. "It's as big as you can get, and I want to be a part of that tradition."

Legion signed with the Wolverines in November. He attended Detroit Country Day before transferring to Oak Hill for his senior season. The 6-foot-5, 185-pound Legion committed Michigan's then-coach Tommy Amaker.

Legion was released after Amaker was fired.

"With Michigan, we had already seen the university last year and talked to the new coach," Legion's mother, Annette Williams, told the Detroit Free Press. "Al and him were talking. But we didn't think we needed to do (another visit)."

Legion was impressed with the facilities, academic opportunities and the Lexington community's passion for the game, The Detroit News reported.

The Louisville newspaper reported that Legion signed scholarship papers Tuesday morning. His signing will not be binding because the NCAA prohibits a recruit from signing two letters of intent in a recruiting year.

At Oak Hill, Legion averaged 19.5 points per game and hit 41 percent from 3-point range. Smith said he didn't miss a free throw after Jan. 17.

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