Kentucky hopes to add a center tonight when Atlanta prep standout Randolph Morris announces whether he'll sign with Kentucky or Georgia Tech or possibly put his name into the NBA draft.
The Wildcats already know, though, that they are losing an interior player because Bernard Cote announced Wednesday that he was leaving Kentucky. Kentucky coach Tubby Smith said Cote, a 6-9 sophomore forward-center who played in 52 games, had been granted a release from his scholarship.
"Bernard's decision certainly came as a surprise to us, and we're sorry to see him go," Smith said in a statement released by UK. "We certainly support Bernard's decision to do what he feels is in his best interest. We honor his wishes and are happy we were able to have him as part of our team through two great seasons."
Cote, who is from Quebec, had a career-high seven points on 3-for-5 shooting against Vanderbilt in January. The 6-9 Cote averaged 1.4 points and 0.4 rebounds per game in limited play lasts season and 0.8 points and 0.9 rebounds as a freshman. He played just 274 minutes in 52 games, an average of about 5.4 minutes per outing.