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By LARRY VAUGHT
Junior college transfer Kory Brown embraced everything about UK, including attending the welcome home celebration for the national championship basketball team, when he arrived in Lexington in January.
But at Media Day on Friday, coach Joker Phillips shared a very insightful story about Brown. Enjoy.
“I’ll tell you a quick story about Kory Brown, and the type of person and type of up bringing that he has, which is the type of kids that we’re trying to bring that this program,” Phillips said.
“Kory Brown is a junior college kid. Did not qualify out of high school. Kory Brown comes here on his official visit, and I did not remember this. My wife remembered this. Kory Brown on Saturday has a chance to go out, and he’s been in a little small town in Mississippi, and has a chance to come to the city of Lexington and see how he fits in the city. He decides on Saturday night, ‘Coach, I’ve got a final. I got a final. I’ve got to go back up and study, I’m not going out with these guys.’ Special.
“Then once he goes back and finishes school, I have an opportunity to go down to Charleston to see some other kids, Kory Brown’s mom Kory Brown’s mom drives from Charleston, South Carolina to a little small town in Mississippi. Doesn’t get a hotel room. Picks him up, drives him back. I’m in Charleston, I’ve got to catch a flight at 11:00 o’clock. I’ve got to catch the flight at 11:00 a.m. They get in at 7:00 o’clock. They put his stuff in the house, drive from Moncks Corner, to Charleston, South Carolina to see me. Without any sleep?
“That’s the type of kids we’re getting in this program. Guys with good upbringing. Guys we want representing the University of Kentucky. Guys that all they do is come here and have a 3.5 GPA. Busts his tail in the classroom, on the football field, in the weight room, doing the right things.”