Friday, July 12, 2024

Kentucky basketball under Mark Pope: Transfer portal news, 2024 roster, targets, recruits by UK experts

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Calipari decided he would leave for Arkansas, Kentucky basketball had the No. 2 recruiting class for 2024. However, five of the six players who signed in the Class of 2024 were released from their national letter of intent after Calipari jumped ship and new head coach Mark Pope is scrambling to put together a competitive Kentucky basketball roster for 2024-25. Only Travis Perry, a four-star out of Kentucky, has remained committed to the Wildcats from the Class of 2024, but Pope has already secured commitments from seven players in the college basketball transfer portal to join the Kentucky basketball lineup.

With zero sWith several scholarship players from the previous campaign returning, Pope still has a long way to go in the high school division and transfer portal. The portal is now closed, but individuals who used it and are still unsure can continue visit while they decide, and there are still unsigned high school players available who may end up being recruited by Kentucky basketball. If you’re a die-hard Wildcat supporter or simply want to stay up to date on roster changes and college basketball transfer portal news, check out what the knowledgeable staff of insiders at CatsPause, a 247Sports affiliate that covers Kentucky, has to say.

The team of insiders at are providing up-to-the-minute scoop on the latest intel surrounding the Kentucky basketball coaching transition and roster changes. CatsPause has built a solid reputation over its 20+ years covering the Wildcats, and has deep-rooted sources inside and around the Kentucky athletic department. And right now, CatsPause is offering 50% off the first year of an annual subscriptions*, so now is the time to sign up.

The team at CatsPause has full coverage of who is coming and who is going on the Kentucky basketball roster. Head to CatsPause now to see all the insider inf

Kentucky basketball roster departures

The 2024-25 Kentucky basketball roster is quickly starting to take shape, as Pope landed another key player earlier this week. San Diego State transfer Lamont Butler, the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year last season, committed to Kentucky as one of the top players from the college basketball transfer portal. He averaged 9.3 points, 3.0 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 27.6 minutes per game and has played in 11 career NCAA Tournament games.

Kentucky’s defense is already looking like a strength, as three-time CAA Defensive Player of the Year Amari Williams also committed earlier this month. He averaged 12.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.8 blocks per game for Drexel last season. Pope also has a pair of recruits committed in Travis Perry and Collin Chandler and is hosting multiple visitors in the coming days. Join CatsPause to see the latest on all of Kentucky’s roster changes.

Kentucky basketball news, roster

With most of the immediate impact players in the high school ranks already signed to letters of intent, Pope has primarily focused on the NCAA basketball transfer portal to address his immediate roster needs. Kerr Kriisa, Otega Oweh and Brandon Garrison were all starters at Big 12 schools last season and should be in line for significant roles in Lexington.

Lamont Butler Jr., a transfer from San Diego State, and Amari Williams, a transfer from Duquesne, were named defensive players of the year in the previous campaign. Transfer of Dayton In addition, Andrew Carr has scored 1,286 points in a four-year career that includes two seasons at Wake Forest and two at Delaware. Koby Brea was named the A-10 Sixth Man of the Year. After being released from his letter of intent at South Carolina, four-star in-state recruit Trent Noah is allegedly considering Kentucky and Tennessee. Pope and the Wildcats are also reportedly in the running for shooting guard Chaz Lanier of North Florida.Get up to date on all of Kentucky’s roster additions by subscribing to CatsPause.

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