UK Men's Basketball

Proffitt talks transfer with Kentucky coaches

Former South Laurel High School point guard Ty Proffitt met with UK coaches on Thursday and discussed a possible transfer to Kentucky.

"It went well ...," Proffitt said in a telephone interview Thursday night. "We sat down and discussed the situation. There are a lot of places I want to go. I don't want to rush into anything."

Proffitt, who received his release from Notre Dame on Wednesday, said that he visited at least one other school on Thursday. He did not want to name the school, although he was believed to be also considering Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky. He said he hoped to make a decision before the end of the Labor Day weekend.

While not wanting to rush into a decision, Proffitt acknowledged that the start of the fall semester doesn't give him a lot of time to decide.

"I'm trying to take it day by day, but I don't have very many days," he said.

In his UK visit, Proffitt and the coaches talked about walking on, he said. The Cats are believed to be at the 13-scholarship limit if Donald Williams, UK's last-second recruit on Wednesday, joins the team (and that officially remained up in the air although Proffitt came away believing Williams was on the team).

"Luckily, I have pretty good parents always pushing me in school," he said. "If Kentucky is the school, I could get an academic scholarship."

Proffitt cited playing time as a key factor in leaving Notre Dame. He played in only eight of 33 games as a freshman last season and scored a total of eight points.

He had hoped to play more this coming season, but a recent tour of Ireland by the team left him discouraged.

"Notre Dame was a good fit for me," he said. "But I went to college wanting to play basketball."

Proffitt said he hoped to play enough in college to prove himself worthy of a chance at a pro contract either in this country or overseas.

"My clock is ticking," he said while noting Notre Dame's roster did not suggest much playing time in 2008-09.

Proffitt hoped to sign with Kentucky out of high school. But then-coach Tubby Smith never offered a scholarship. That decision left a bitter taste in Proffitt's mouth, according to South Laurel Coach Steve Wright. Ultimately he signed with Notre Dame with the understanding that he'd need time to work his way into a prominent role on the team.

Wright said that he told UK coaches recently that Proffitt had a chip on his shoulder concerning Kentucky. But the player downplayed the inference that he disliked UK.

"The only chip I ever had was to prove myself as a player," he said. "It was never anything personal. It's just a business."

Proffitt has the ultimate line on his high school résumé: a point guard who helped his team win a state championship. He was at the controls when South Laurel won the Sweet Sixteen his sophomore year.

He averaged 16 points, four rebounds and 3.5 assists as a high school senior. He also hit 36 percent of his threes and 80 percent of his free throws.

When asked what role he might play at UK, Proffitt said, "It'd just be as a true point guard. Get the ball to people who need the ball. Have a good relationship with the guys."

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