LEXINGTON - Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie says "beauty is the eye of the beholder" when it comes to recruiting.
Gillispie was half-joking when he told a crowd at the Kentucky Press Association convention here Friday that UK wants "the best, tallest player that can pass handle, shoot, compete and be a great teammate, and be a great potential college student."
Gillispie looks for intangible qualities as well.
"I think we always try to recruit a player that has a distinct advantage at his position in a certain way. It may be toughness. It may be basketball IQ. It may be size. It may be quickness. It may be a skill," he said, "I think it's important to recruit intangibles. I like to recruit spirit. I think spirit means a lot. I like to be around people who want to go about their daily task in a positive way, and who want to embrace hard work and embrace daily challenges.