Apr 2, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Anthony Davis (23), Kentucky Wildcats forward Eloy Vargas (30) and Kentucky Wildcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) celebrate after defeating the Kansas Jayhawks 67-59 in the finals in the 2012 NCAA men

Eloy Vargas Getting His Chance With The Knicks

Mar 22, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Eloy Vargas during practice the day before the semifinals of the south region of the 2012 NCAA men

The University of Kentucky basketballs All-Time leader in put-back-dunks allowed, Eloy Vargas, may have found himself an opportunity to prove to NBA personnel that he deserves a spot on a team in the league. The New York Knicks have given Eloy a spot on their roster to play in the 2013 Summer League, which begins on July 12th.

All kidding aside with Vargas’ play at UK, whether you like it or not, he was a vital part to UK winning the 2012 National Title. He showed glimpses at times that gave you hope that he would turn into a good player. Playing on the National Dominican Republic Team, he learned from one of  the best in Al Horford.   Those skills that he had at UK and learned with the DR team are still there, and who knows, he might surprise people and be able to keep his spot on the roster.


For the Knicks, Rasheed “technical foul” Wallace and Kurt Thomas have retired. Chris Copeland gone to free agency and Marcus Camby was traded to the Toronto Raptors. This bodes well for the 6-11 Eloy Vargas. As reported by Nation of Blue, Vargas averaged 19 points and 13 rebounds while playing for San Lazaro of the Santo Domingo League in the Dominican Republic.

The Knicks need a big body down low, someone that can rebound and show a little grit. Vargas is someone that provides that for them, and plus he is young. Eloy would be a serviceable back up to Chandler, as he was to Anthony Davis and Terrence Jones.

Eloy Vargas’ agent Glenn Schwartzman probably put it best when he said this

Be sure to catch Eloy in action when he takes on his former teammate Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and against former college foe Cody Zeller when the Knicks take on the Charlotte Bobcats on July 15th.

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