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.