Orton ‘likely’ UK bound, father says

Increasingly, it appears big man prospect Daniel Orton will stick with his commitment to play for Kentucky.

“It looks like Daniel will end up at Kentucky,” his father, Larry Orton, said on Sunday. To seal the deal only requires “just the final touch and OK it,” he said.

Orton, a 6-foot-10 center from Oklahoma City, Okla., is considered a top 20 national prospect in the high school class of 2009. He signed with UK last fall, then wavered on the commitment when the school fired then coach Billy Gillispie in the spring.

New UK Coach John Calipari has spoken to the Orton family several times. Earlier this month, Larry Orton said that something “drastic” would have to happen for his son not to play for Kentucky.

Apparently, nothing drastic has occurred.

The Ortons met with Calipari this weekend while all were in New York for the Jordan Brand Classic all-star game. The family wanted to know again what Calipari thought of Daniel Orton and how the big man might be used in the dribble-drive system.

The elder Orton said he hoped to speak to his son this coming week to finalize a decision. “Just to make sure,” he said. ” ‘Are you sure?’ Go over some things.”

Daniel Orton had been considering Kansas. When asked if the family would listen to Kansas, Larry Orton laughed and said, “Anybody can talk to you. But i’m sure Daniel is going there (Kentucky). I want to be sure.”

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#1 T. Heath on 04.19.09 at 7:03 pm

I feel like these players are using the University of Kentucky’s National Spotlight to boost their Stock. Which may not be so bad if at the end their college basketball careers begin in Rupp. Orton is a beast, watched him in Louisville at the Derby Festival. I’m looking forward to seeing some Highlights…. Go Cats!!!!!!