It’s nearly impossible to keep up with the happenings within the Kentucky basketball roster these days, but let’s take a moment to look at how it stands right now.
Read this quickly before it changes again.
Gone (and not coming back)
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (NBA) — Gilgeous-Alexander went from underrated recruit to projected lottery pick, so he had to go.
Kevin Knox (NBA) — Knox considered a comeback, but ultimately decided it was time to pursue his dream of playing in the NBA.
Sacha Killeya-Jones (Transfer) — Killeya-Jones announced he will seek other opportunities outside of Kentucky for his final two seasons of college basketball.
Tai Wynyard (Transfer) — After a troubled sophomore season in which he played only 54 minutes, Wynyard decided to leave the program.
Dillon Pulliam (Graduating) — Pulliam, a walk-on, will graduate with honors this spring and pursue a master’s degree at Carnegie Mellon
Testing NBA Waters
PJ Washington — Washington threw his name into the draft mix, but did not hire an agent. He reportedly wants to leave, but needs some positive feedback to make the jump.
Jemarl Baker — Barring an unforeseen transfer, Jemarl Baker will be back in Lexington to finally suit up for the Cats after missing his entire freshman year with an injury.
Nick Richards — Richards will be back for a sophomore season.
Brad Calipari — Coach Cal’s baby boy will be back for his junior year, but will it be his last? He’s on pace to graduate next May.
Jonny David — David will be the old man next year as the team’s only senior, and as it stands now, the team’s only walk-on.
Hamidou Diallo — Diallo still has not made up his mind on whether or not he should try his hand at the NBA a second time. ESPN has him as the No. 34 prospect, and he’s considered a second-round pick in most mock drafts.
Jarred Vanderbilt — Vanderbilt wants to leave, but with an injury-riddled freshman year, he may not have a choice but to come back. Postseason surgery could keep him out of any pre-draft workouts, should he decide to test the waters.
Wenyen Gabriel — Wenyen Gabriel needs only one more year to graduate, but he may go ahead and start making money professionally to provide for his family; however, it’s unlikely the NBA is an option, so he’d have to settle for the G-League or overseas.
Quade Green — Until this past week, it seemed Quade Green would certainly be back for a sophomore year. But as John Calipari tries to add more five-star point guards to next season’s roster, one would think he will at least consider a transfer. Only Green knows what he is thinking right now, though.
Keldon Johnson — Johnson is the highest-ranked incoming prospect and a probable starter on the wing. You’re going to love him.
Immanuel Quickley — Quickley was Calipari’s top point guard target in the 2018 class and it was assumed he would be the next star point guard in a long line of star point guards once he arrived on campus. But the recruiting strategy to add more guards suggests Calipari isn’t completely convinced Quickley is ready to take over in his freshman season, despite being the No. 3 point guard in this class.
Tyler Herro — Tyler Herro is the only incoming freshman who wasn’t named a McDonald’s All-American, but after averaging over 30 points per game his senior year, he’s looking like a player who is ready to come in and score right away. Zion Williamson called him the most underrated recruit in the class.
EJ Montgomery — EJ Montgomery is the newest name on the roster, considering it hasn’t been a full week since he committed to Kentucky over Duke. He’s a five-star power forward who says he models his game after Anthony Davis.
2019 Stars Who Could Reclassify
Ashton Hagans — Hagans, who committed to Kentucky earlier this week, is the top-ranked point guard in the 2019 class, and the speculation around him is he will reclassify and play next year. A former Georgia commit, Hagans is excited to play for John Calipari and he is taking the necessary classes to be able to attend UK next fall, should he choose to go that route.
Tyrese Maxey — Maxey has not committed to Kentucky, but a commitment could come soon. The No. 2 point guard behind Hagans in the 2019 class, Maxey is considering the same option to reclassify and join something special in Lexington next fall, as Calipari put it to him in a recent visit.