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Kentucky Basketball Roster Tracker: Cast a wide net in the transfer portal

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Adou Thiero came out of the gates hot to open the offseason at Kentucky and decided to not only enter the transfer portal but also test the waters and consider a return to Lexington – the old trifecta of keeping your options open. From then on, however, it was an absolute ghost town as far as concrete news goes, and there have been no further stay/go announcements with the rest of the team for almost a week. Rob Dillingham posts photos in Los Angeles next to Cybertrucks and we still haven't received any confirmation that he's taking his talents to the NBA, no matter how inevitable that may be.

It is quiet. Too quiet.

That doesn't mean there isn't movement, however, as the Wildcats continue to look for new names in the portal while the guys they previously cut move on elsewhere. Take the UTSA transfer Jordan Ivy Curry For example, Kentucky made contact on March 26 just so he could commit to Virginia Tech Tuesday. It looks like the staff is casting a wide net for possible names of interest, while also getting clarity on current stay/go decisions and waiting for clear adjustments and/or departures to create gaps. When you have nine guys to make a pick, you can't fill your roster with just anyone at the risk of losing better talent you already have in Lexington.

But you also can't risk missing out on potential upgrades when they become available without any promise that discarded parts will actually come back.

It's a difficult dilemma, but that's the state of affairs as we find ourselves in the heat of the offseason with roster construction.


GONE (COMPLETED/NBA DRAFT): Antonio Reeves, Tre Mitchell

TRANSFER PORTAL: Adou Thiero*

DRAW: Aaron Bradshaw, Jordan Burkes, Rob Dillingham, Justin Edwards, Joey Hart, Zvonimir Ivisic, Ugonna Onyenso, Reed Sheppard, DJ Wagner

*Also tests NBA Draft waters


IMPORTANT DATA

  • April 27th: NBA Early Entry Deadline (11:59 p.m. ET)
  • 1st of May: Transfer portal will be closed
  • 12th of May: NBA draft lottery
  • 13th-19th May: NBA Combine
  • June 16: NBA Draft Early Entry Withdrawal Deadline (5:00 p.m. ET)
  • June 26th: NBA Draft 2024 First Round
  • June 27th: Second round of the 2024 NBA Draft

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UPDATE

April 3: Kentucky makes contact with Belmont transfer Cade Tyson

  • The 6-7 forward averaged 16.2 points and 5.9 rebounds in 31.6 minutes and shot 49.3% from the field and 46.5% from three on 5.5 attempts per game
  • He entered the transfer portal on March 25 with two years of college eligibility remaining and is considered the No. 39 overall available prospect
  • Kentucky joins schools Duke, UNC, Tennessee, Auburn, Florida, Kansas, Louisville, Texas and Villanova in making contact

April 3: Son of a former Kentucky player Jalen Blackmon hears about the cats

  • Remember James Blackmon Sr.? The former McDonald's All-American played at Kentucky in the 1980s, and now his son Jalen is hearing from the current staff
  • Blackmon was a standout player at Stetson before entering the portal on March 27th
  • He has also heard from Kansas, Indiana, Northwestern, Xavier, UCLA, Butler, Mississippi State, Colorado, California, Texas, BYU, Utah State and LMU
  • The standout guard posted a team-high 21.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists while shooting 42.8% from the field and 38.1% from three in nearly 35 minutes per game last season
  • He scored at least 20 points in 20 games this year

April 1: Transferred to Virginia Tech Tyler Nickel talks to Chuck Martin

  • Shooting is clearly a priority for the Cats, turning to the 6-7 forward this week after entering the portal on March 29. Last season he shot 43.8% from the field and 39.9% from three.
  • During the year, he averaged 8.8 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 24.3 minutes per game
  • Nickel has also heard from Vanderbilt, Virginia, Providence, Saint Mary's and Stanford

28th March: Adou Thiero enters the transfer portal, will test NBA Draft waters

  • Schools include Pitt, Miami, Arizona, Oregon, Gonzaga, Ohio State, Indiana, Xavier, NC State, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Creighton, Richmond, Georgia, UCSB, Penn State, Mizzou, DePaul, Georgetown, Ole Miss and Duquesne to reach the second wing, loudly ESPN's Jeff Borzello
  • Thiero, who averaged 7.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per game as a sophomore, plans to whittle down his list next week
  • “Everything is there for him. He’s gotten so much better,” John Calipari said of Thiero at the end of the regular season. “He's not even what he was a year ago and what he is now. And I still think he'll be 6-9. He's probably 6-7, maybe a little taller now. He’ll be 6-9 by next year.”
  • In ESPN's first NBA mock draft for 2025, Jonathan Givony took Thiero at No. 27 overall

March 27: Kentucky seeks a transfer to Milwaukee BJ Freeman

  • The UW-Milwaukee transfer was announced this week by UK assistant Chuck Martin. The Wildcats join Kansas, Tennessee, Syracuse, Providence, Mississippi State, Missouri, Villanova, Arizona State, Arkansas, UCF, Xavier, Colorado and Texas A&M among interested suitors.
  • Freeman tells KSR+ that he plans to make a decision in “three to four weeks,” saying, “Maybe I could be one of the next Kentucky greats and Kentucky pros.”
  • The 6-6, 180-pound combo guard averaged 21.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game during the 2023-24 season

March 25: Kentucky seeks a transfer to Rutgers Clifford Omoruyi

  • The 1.80 meter tall, 110 kilogram center averaged 10.4 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.9 blocks in the 2023/24 season
  • During his high school years, Omoruyi described UK as his “dream school” and is ranked as the No. 2 player overall in On3's transfer rankings
  • Kentucky joins Kansas, Baylor, UConn, St. John's, Alabama, Auburn, USC and Florida as interested schools
  • This was the first known name of interest for the Wildcats in the portal since the end of the team's season