It’s official: Slone commits to Morehead State

Landon Slone, a walk-on for Kentucky last season, has made it official. He committed to Morehead State on Wednesday.

Slone, an all-state player for Paintsville High, will have three seasons of eligibility remaining. He plans to appeal the NCAA rule requiring transfers to sit out a season before playing for a new school.

His appeal will be based on not voluntarily deciding to leave UK. The coaching change from Billy Gillispie to John Calipari led to the transfer. Calipari let it be known he did not share Gillispie’s enthusiasm for walk-on players.

Of his transfer, Slone said, “It was kind of set on me. I had to leave.”

Slone became a fan favorite in his one season for UK. He did not want to revisit the circumstances that led to his transfer. Earlier, he said that he tried more than once to meet with Calipari, but never got a chance to speak to the head coach about the future.

“I’ll always be a big (UK) fan,” he said. “Someday when I have kids, I want them to be big (UK) fans, too.”