By LARRY VAUGHT
Junior college power forward/center Eloy Vargas, who played at Florida as a freshman, has committed to Kentucky and will have two years of eligibility with the Wildcats.
Scout.com recruiting analyst Evan Daniels confirmed that Vargas gave John Calipari a verbal commitment during his visit to UK this weekend. VargasÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ former AAU coach, Kenny Gillion, told Daniels that the biggest reason for his decision was Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua.
Vargas was a four-star prospect in the 2008 recruiting class when he decided to stay in Florida and play for the Gator. He transferred to Miami-Dade Community College after his freshman season and averaged 25 points and 11 rebounds per game.
He had been considering North Carolina and Arizona along with Kentucky.
The Wildcats had an edge with Antigua, a Dominican like Eloy. Pittsburgh was the first school to offer Vargas a scholarship and Antigua was on the Pitt staff then.
Vargas had considered transferring to Kentucky last year but could not because of SEC rules. He left Florida when he failed to pass a mandatory class at Florida to stay eligible.
Vargas helps fill a need for the Cats, who lost big men DeMarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson and Daniel Orton to the NBA draft.
UK has signed center Enes Kanter and also remains involved with Oregon high school forward Terrence Jones.