Legion may return to Wildcats

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Alex Legion, a 6-foot-5 guard who decided early this week to transfer from Kentucky, is reconsidering his decision and may return to the school, according to a source close to Legion.

The source said Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie would be open to Legion returning.

Legion informed Gillispie on Monday night he wanted to transfer, the school said.

"We met with Alex and his mother Friday, and she informed us of her desire to seek a release for her son," Gillispie said Tuesday. "Shortly after that meeting, Alex told me that he still wanted to be a part of our program. He played in the game against North Carolina Saturday and seemed happy when I spoke with him Sunday."

Legion did not attend practice on Monday and met with Gillispie on Monday night after the coach returned to campus from funeral services for Kentucky greats Ralph Beard and Tommy Kron. Legion's name has been removed from the Kentucky roster on the official Kentucky athletics Web site.

When announcing the transfer Tuesday, Gillispie said, "You always hate to lose a valued member of your program, and Alex was definitely that. He has tremendous potential as a player and a student, but most importantly, he is a wonderful young man. We hate to see him leave, but if he can be happier elsewhere then all you can do is wish him the best."

Legion, one of two high-profile freshmen Gillispie brought to Kentucky in his first year, is averaging 6.7 points and 17.5 minutes per game. He has two starts for the Wildcats, who are 4-2 on the season.