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Jemarl Baker says goodbye to UK

Jemarl Baker confirmed the news of his transfer via a press release from UK on Wednesday. He is now in the NCAA’s transfer portal with no intentions of changing his mind to come back to Lexington.

In the release announcing his departure, Baker said, “I want to thank the Big Blue Nation for supporting me during my two years at Kentucky. You are truly the best fans in the country and I’ve enjoyed my time here wearing the Blue and White.

“However, after talking with Coach Cal, the staff and my family, I feel it’s in my best interest to continue my academic and basketball career elsewhere. I’ve made life-long relationships with my brothers and the staff at Kentucky and have improved so much as a player. I’m thankful for the opportunities it’s given me to be a part of this historic program.”

Coach Cal added, “We haven’t had many players leave us but in all cases we stay in touch and continue to try to help. In Jemarl’s case, his injury in his first year and even the early part of this year set him back a little bit, but I still believe he’s an impact player who can score and defend. He’s a better defender than people give him credit for, and we knew we could play him this season in any situation because we knew he was always going to defend. I appreciate everything he did for this program. Like any kid that leaves us, I’ll be watching his career from afar. We’ll always be here for him.”

There are no restrictions on where Baker will land, although he will have to sit out a year per the NCAA’s transfer rules.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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59 Comments for Jemarl Baker says goodbye to UK



  1. Carcrook
    2:06 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

    Adios!



    • dave1964
      2:35 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      Bye



    • Rod Crandler
      3:03 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      Best practice shooter we have had in a while. Oh well…



    • syrin23
      3:27 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      And the yearly trend continues. But the system is working just fine for UK.



  2. timtim1960
    2:09 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

    I can’t believe he gone. I thought he could play as much as he played this year next year. Hate to see him go though. Wish him all the best. Just don’t go to Louisville.



  3. TheAssman
    2:10 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

    Watch out for Mick Cronin at UCLA to be all over this.



    • ClutchCargo
      2:17 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      He could spend the year he has to sit out practicing running his mouth and taking cheap shots at opposing players. I don’t see him ever getting down to the level of a Cronin player, though.



    • TheAssman
      2:26 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      Agree, Baker deserves better. But he is an LA kid and I hear he would like to be closer to home.



  4. Sentient Third Eye
    2:15 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

    He’s going to make somebody a really solid player.



  5. Cousins Fake Tooth
    2:16 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

    He should burn that shirt. Apparently means nothing to him.



  6. mashman 93
    2:17 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

    Go luck Jamarl!!!



  7. KYfaninTN
    2:18 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

    If a kid can’t make it at UK what makes them think they can make it at the next level.



  8. KYFAN4LYFE
    2:19 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

    It’s obvious Cal is being a little more active in getting these kids to either commit to coming back, or announce their intentions, so he and his staff can be aggressive with recruiting. They absolutely need to get at least one of the GTs or others in the transfer portal. If they do manage to, and can get 1 other quality top-25 player, we’ll be fine. I still expect either Nick or E.J. to transfer or enter the draft.



    • 1IH
      3:38 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      Agreed on all points, except I don’t expect one of those two to transfer or enter draft necessarily.



  9. Pensacola_Cat_Fan
    2:19 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

    Very thankful all these decisions are happening now verses stringing UK along. Now we have the opportunity to fill out our roster earlier in the game.



    • KYFAN4LYFE
      2:29 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah, that’s no accident. Like I said above, it’s pretty obvious Cal isn’t letting these kids leave them hanging. The new NCAA rules give the players plenty of options for coming back, so there’s no reason at all to wait, if you’re 90% certain you won’t come back. He knows he’s got limited time, not only for the recruiting deadline for next season, but in his career. If they have a shot at some of these GTs and other transfers, plus some last-second top-25 recruits, they have no choice but to be “100” with these kids and basically tell them “fish, or cut bait”.



  10. oddthomas
    2:20 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

    For those keeping score at home, we currently have 9 players on scholarship for next year including the incoming freshman. This is the same number as we had at the end of this year. Brad Calipari was not counted for this exercise



    • DelrayCat
      2:24 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      Plus one of those guys suffered a major leg injury and may not be 100% by fall.
      Need to add at least 3 more players…smh.



    • StillBP
      2:33 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      awesome, we have room to add some transfers. Don’t think Cal doesn’t have a plan!



  11. jim tom
    2:24 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

    Damn. Hoped he stayed. Brand new team all over again and again



    • jim tom
      2:24 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      No shit



    • BLUE WHITE
      3:25 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      Hahaha niceeeeee



    • nocode96
      3:26 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      Uh oh Jim Tom, somebody forgot to log out. Lol



    • ClutchCargo
      2:29 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      ^ It’s hilarious when a troll forgets to log into his other account before replying in support of himself.



    • Realme
      2:31 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      Bah ha ha!



    • StillBP
      2:33 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      hahahahahaha this is great!



    • IrishCat
      2:36 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      Lmao.



    • BBNmemberinoh
      2:35 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      That is funny



    • Chacosrule
      2:37 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      Wow. That’s sad.



    • ClutchCargo
      2:39 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      mashburnfan1 gets it.



    • 4everUKblue
      3:22 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      Good job Billy Ray Jim Bob! Hahahahaha!



    • 1IH
      3:40 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      Tonight at 11 see Jim Tom come out of the closet.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      4:37 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      It made more sense to him just go ahead and reply as himself. If he would have logged in under slutarcombatmedicsbigoblueballs we would have known his other account as well.



  12. sincitycat
    2:24 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

    Rats! Instead of next man up, it’s next man gone. Best of luck Jemarl.



  13. DelrayCat
    2:25 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

    This is getting ridiculous year in and year out. No program has less loyalty to the brand than UK.



    • vandzandz
      4:27 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      This isn’t the 80’s. No such thing as loyalty in college basketball



  14. Scottscats
    2:27 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

    So sorry for him to leave….i was hoping to see more of him next year.



  15. Ridge Runner
    2:38 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

    His “shot” never really came. Many said he could light it up in practice including SGA. Hopefully it will come at his next stop.



  16. Headhurts
    2:40 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

    In Cal’s program only walk-0ns & Pro potential players allowed, anything in-between that encouraged to transfer.



  17. Jiminy Crickets
    3:06 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

    10 years 10 transfers out. I’m
    Sure we’ll “be fine” but man this trend is disturbing



    • CATandMONKEY
      4:30 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      There is nothing disturbing about it unless you are a wuss who is easily disturbed.



    • Jiminy Crickets
      6:29 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      You don’t think a program like UK losing a player to transfer every year is disturbing. I won’t lose sleep over it. But I’ll take u up on the wuss part big guy, bunch a bad azz keyboard bullies. You don’t know me kid



    • BobbyBlue
      11:11 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      We all well ok not Mashburn fan,want some upper classmen on the roster for their experience



    • CATandMONKEY
      1:23 am April 18, 2019 Permalink

      No, I have seen you threaten people before with your badasserry.

      You may beat up Navy Seals for a living but if this non-existent trend is disturbing, you are intellectually and emotionally wanting.



  18. Jiminy Crickets
    3:10 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

    Well, I should correct my previous statement. 9 true transfers and one team release (Wynard) in 10 years.



  19. blueblue
    3:24 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

    Do you think Cal may have advised Baker to leave? Maybe Cal knows something about RJ Hampton that hasn’t been made public yet. I’m just saying…



  20. ukbradstith
    3:50 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

    Almost every major program averages a transfer every year, so we aren’t different in that regard. It’s just that, plus they NBA stuff, that makes it tough to build a team each year.



  21. catsby.5
    4:29 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

    Thank god Our “shooter” that can’t shoot is moving on, wish him the best but good riddance.



  22. Swizzle
    4:44 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

    That’s 4 scrubs gone, who we getting to replace them?



  23. Larkin123
    4:46 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

    This is terrible… his shooting would improve next year.. geez i thought he was a year away…



  24. dmcvey
    5:04 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

    Jemarl underwhelmed me while playing here. People were hyping him up as the greatest shooter on the team and he never delivered.



  25. TPACAT
    5:17 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

    Charles Matthews 2.0



  26. BigBlue4Three
    7:05 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

    Coach Cal added, “We haven’t had many players leave us but in all cases we stay in touch and continue to try to help.

    Seems Cal has memory loss issues. 9 transfers in 10 years sure isn’t “we haven’t had many players leave us”. I would say that is more of a revolving door.



  27. notFromhere
    9:29 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

    Cal cant remember who is on the bench late in games. Dont expect him to remember 8 other transfers. He’s not one to cry over spilt milk



  28. Aar
    9:29 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

    I wish him the best of luck in everything he does going forward.

    It’s really hard to tell on TV but he looked like a tentative post-injury player until the SEC tournament to me. Nonetheless, he made lots of positive contributions this season – mostly on defense. He has as long of a future in this game as he and his health want.



  29. friendsofcoal
    9:48 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

    I’m sure I’m wrong but I don’t recall 9 players leaving. Wiltjer, Matthews, Lee, Baker, Green…I’m sure there are others but if I can’t think of them then they weren’t much.



    • 8 god
      3:21 am April 18, 2019 Permalink

      Tai Wynyard (kind of) and SKJ come to mind



  30. Kyceltsfan
    10:08 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

    I am so sad to see Jamarl leave, He came across to me as someone who was worth more than his productivity when it comes to being a voice of balance and spiritual leadership in the locker room. Best of luck to you buddy!