UK Men's Basketball

Slone not giving up on UK dream

Former walk-on Landon Slone expects to meet with John Calipari next week in hopes of convincing the Kentucky coach to permit him to rejoin the team.

It seems Slone will have to be especially persuasive.

While answering questions during an appearance at a Kiwanis Club of the Bluegrass meeting Thursday, Calipari did not sound likely to add Slone.

"I just don't keep walk-ons," the UK coach said when a club member asked about Slone. "I don't have time."

After suggesting he was unaware that Slone wanted back on the team, Calipari allowed that a rash of injuries might persuade him to add walk-ons.

"Short of that, I'll probably stay where we are," he said.

This time last year, former UK Coach Billy Gillispie had seven walk-ons on the roster. Those included Slone, who starred at Paintsville High and was named 2008 Appalachian Player of the Year.

As a freshman walk-on last season, Slone's high point came in scoring eight points against both Mississippi Valley State and Central Michigan. But in UK's 18 games against Southeastern Conference competition, he played in six games and only three times more than a minute. He scored two points.

Upon arriving at UK, Calipari made no secret of his wish to keep walk-ons to a minimum. By giving the unused 13th and final scholarship to Mark Krebs, the UK coach does not have a walk-on on the team.

After failing to arrange a meeting with Calipari this spring, Slone transferred to Morehead State. But less than a week into the fall semester at the new school he decided to return to UK as a student and seek a return to the team.

Slone said former players like Richie Farmer and Kyle Macy have encouraged him to let Calipari know about his strong desire to be on the Kentucky team.

"You just have to let him know how bad you want to play there," Slone said, "and how bad you want to be back on the team."