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Keeping Up With Kentucky: The 2018-19 Roster Right Now

Kentucky’s projected 2018-19 basketball roster has been changing by the hour lately with Monday seeing one addition and two subtractions, and then another addition only moments ago. If you blink you might miss another major development (unless you get the KSR app alerts), so let’s all take a deep breath, regroup, and catch up on what the hell is happening in UK’s biggest roster shakeup since Calipari ran off Billy Gillispie’s leftovers in ’09.

Here’s how it looks as of Tuesday, April 10 at 9:17 am:

Gone (and not coming back)

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (NBA)
Kevin Knox (NBA)
Sacha Killeya-Jones (Transfer)
Tai Wynyard (Transfer)

Testing NBA Waters (but probably coming back)

PJ Washington

Returning (as far as we know)

Quade Green
Jemarl Baker
Nick Richards
Brad Calipari
Jonny David
Dillon Pulliam


Hamidou Diallo
Jarred Vanderbilt
Wenyen Gabriel

Incoming Freshmen

Keldon Johnson, No. 2 shooting guard
Tyler Herro, No. 3shooting guard
Immanuel Quickley, No. 3 point guard
EJ Montgomery, No. 3 power forward
Ashton Hagans (pending reclassification), No. 1 2019 point guard


This will likely change again before the day is over at the rate things are going.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

53 Comments for Keeping Up With Kentucky: The 2018-19 Roster Right Now

  1. Smyrna_Cat
    9:27 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

    Tyler Herro is a PG?? Has anyone actually watched him play? His is a 6’5″ – 6″6″ Shooting Guard. And Quickly is a SG???? Again, has anyone actually watched him play? He is a prototype PG.

    I know positions don’t mean a lot these days, but this one is a bit confusing.

    • UK Big Board Update
      9:34 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

      The John Wall – Eric Bledsoe combo must have made your nose bleed….

    • CreepyFootGuy
      9:35 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

      Drew transposed the positions for Herro and Quickley. Quickley is PG, Herro is SG. Simple mistake.

    • Optional Facts
      9:42 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

      Damn you creepyfoot, quit trying to make sense of things!

    • LaRueBlue
      9:53 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

      To be fair I’ve seen and heard numerous Recruiting guys say Quickley is better off the ball.

    • Smyrna_Cat
      10:01 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

      UK Big Board … both Bledsoe and Wall were PGs. They were both recruited as PGs. They play PG in the NBA. Mind blown??

    • KYJelly
      10:26 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

      Smyrna Cat, please stop complaining. You have something critical to say on ALMOST every post in the board. You couldn’t do the site better than these guys so stop critiquing everything.

    • UK Big Board Update
      10:22 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

      Yep. And Bledsoe (and Quade Green!) played SG in college. It’ll be okay.

  2. ukcamel
    9:31 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

    Platoon 1 for athletes and defense.


    Platoon 2 for scoring.


  3. Matty Arbuckle
    9:34 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

    Hagans committed already I heard, but I didn’t see a KSR announcement for it. Hmmmm.

  4. Matty Arbuckle
    9:35 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

    Nevermind, apparently it’s not worthy of it’s own title, but is instead found in the Tuesday Morning Rapid Fire: Basketball Roster Moves post

    • Dusten
      9:38 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

      Still wrong

    • UK Big Board Update
      9:40 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

      u seem smart

    • WildcatMarkC
      9:58 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

      The commitment got an app alert and immediatly after a post on the site with its own title. It was then in the daily 9am post

    • KentuckyT
      10:25 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

      U r rly dumb fr, Matty

    • ukcamel
      10:30 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

      Matty A might want to call it a day!

  5. a21CATSfan
    9:54 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

    I know Tommy Crean and Cal are buddies, but how does he feel this morning. He’s been the Georgia coach for less than a month, and the two best players in the state are CATS!

    • makeitstop
      10:02 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

      Probably feels like old times to him…

    • Smyrna_Cat
      10:03 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

      I am guessing he feels normal. It will be fun to see his gober faces again.

    • Han
      11:25 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

      Hopefully Penny gets to feel the same way in Memphis with Jeffries staying with us and Wiseman joining him.

    • runningunnin.454
      1:32 pm April 10, 2018 Permalink

      I would say Crean feels right at home.

  6. antiquefurnitureandmidgets
    10:01 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

    I would hope it wasn’t the case that Cal “ran off” the Gillespie kids. It’s one thing to tell a kid he’s likely never going to see the court again and help him transition to another program and quite another to see to it that he is “ran off”.

    • Smyrna_Cat
      10:04 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

      Do we go through a time warp?

  7. cking
    10:02 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

    Here is a projected roster:

    PG hagans fr
    Sg green so so
    Pf Montgomery
    C Vanderbilt so
    SF PJ Washington so

    Pg Quickly fr
    Sg herro fr
    SF Johnson fr
    Pf wenyen Gabriel jr
    C Nick Richards so

    Bench Baker

  8. FYI
    10:12 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

    1 – Ashton (Quickley, Quade backups)
    2 – Herro (Quickley, Quade, Baker backups)
    3 – Johnson (Wenyen, PJ backups)
    4 – PJ (Vanderbilt, Wenyen backups)
    5 – EJ (Richards, PJ backups)

      10:41 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

      I agree with this lineup. Although I think theres a good chance Nick starts at the 5 and EJ backs up or starts at the 4.

    • henderblue
      12:53 pm April 10, 2018 Permalink

      Good chance? He started this whole year when we all thought SKJ should. I’d say it’s a great chance he’ll start. He will surely be bigger, stronger and better next year

    • Biglaw Dawgin'
      12:38 pm April 10, 2018 Permalink

      The 2 and 3-guard are interchangeable in this offense. So it’d be more like you have a list of 5 guys, with two playing at the same time. It’d be Herro, Quade, Johnson, and Wenyen splitting the 80 minutes of court time of the 2&3 position. With Quickley and Ashton potentially getting spurts at the 2/3 if they both are playing well. PJ won’t play the 3.

  9. Robkycats54
    10:46 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

    Platoon 1 starters

    PG- Green
    SG- Diallo until he announce he’s leaving
    PF – PJ Washington
    C- E.J Montgomery

    Platoon 2 Bench

    PG- Hagan
    SG- Herro
    SF- Johnson
    C- Richards

    And the bench could be the starting lineup lol I’m just guessing

    11th and 12th man Quickly, & Baker who I believe will be x-factor this year

  10. ClutchCargo
    11:21 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

    Some of you guys are selling Quickley WAY too short.

    • Han
      11:27 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

      Some did the same thing with Shai.

      All of the freshmen have to come in and prove in practice and games that they’ll play defense and hustle, and if they do that, they’ll get minutes.

    • Peas and Carrots
      11:35 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

      Does anyone think Diallo will actually come back? He seemed like he was one foot out the door all season and with Hagan coming in I can’t see Diallo welcoming any competition.

    • henderblue
      12:54 pm April 10, 2018 Permalink

      I don’t think he will. But I hope he does

    • UK Big Board Update
      11:42 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

      I’ll support Diallo either way… but thats just me.

    • Biglaw Dawgin'
      12:31 pm April 10, 2018 Permalink

      Yeah, true dat. Dude is legit. I see Quickley, Quade and Hagan all playing around 20+ minutes a game next year, with Quade getting most of his at the 2-guard, like he did this year when Shai was in. Quickley and Hagan are both 6-3″ 6-4 and can shoot, so a little time at the 2 for them isn’t out of the question.

  11. Han
    11:24 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

    It’s a big roster turnover, but we had a year where we added 8 scholarship freshmen and this year we added 7 plus had a red shirt freshman start playing.

    The roster evolution this year is exciting, but we’ve hardly been predictable in the years since that first major sea of change under Cal.

  12. Rabbi Li
    11:26 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

    I’d platoon the s h i t out of that crew.

    Cal blamed our perfect season loss on the platoons but that wasn’t the cause…

    We lost the Wisconsin because:
    1. Cal was playing The Harrisons over Booker & Ulis
    2. Poythress injury put the young team behind in gaining the chemistry they needed to beat a veteran Wisconsin team.

    It had nothing to do with the Platoons.

    • Peas and Carrots
      11:38 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

      Definitely. If we’re 11 or 12 deep we need the Platoon 2.0. On paper there doesn’t look like much drop in talent 1-12, but I don’t see a Karl Towns right now.

    • UK Big Board Update
      11:40 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

      1. False. Ulis wasn’t the Ulis we all came to know and love – yet. He was undersized and didn’t add any more than a *veteran* 6’5″ Andrew Harrison and super-clutch Aaron couldn’t provide. And Booker was getting absolutely ABUSED by Sam Dekker. This narrative has *got* to stop.

      2. True, he would have helped, especially with Dekker. But we had the tools to win (38-1), so sometimes its just not your night. Its what makes the tournament random, and sometimes (MOST times) painful.

    • Michael W
      11:41 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

      I really hope he platoons, as well (at least through the non-conference schedule). I think it rewards those who’ve stuck around and allows the kids to gain confidence. If you’re the 8th or 9th guy and you know Cal’s going to pull you for any little mistake, I think you play hesitant and tight. If you know you’re going to get a decent run each game, no matter what, you play a lot looser and you improve over the course of the seadon. Give the kids this chance to develop in game and then start tightening up the rotation in the conference schedule and into the tournament. If we lose a few more regular season games than we should, that’s fine. We’ll be better prepared for the tournament, and better able to handle adversity that might hit.

    • Willis Wolf Tattoo
      2:02 pm April 10, 2018 Permalink

      It’s laughable how the twins always get thrown under the bus for 38-1. What about the All-American WCS being a no-show with 2 points that game?

  13. Stump
    11:35 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

    So 40-0?

    • UK Big Board Update
      11:41 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

      If you’re an idiot, yes.

    • Luether
      7:30 pm April 10, 2018 Permalink

      Forty and Oh baby…

  14. UK Fan In Nashville
    11:55 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

    Platoon – 1

    Hagans – PG
    Herro – SG
    Diallo/Gabriel (If only one stays) – SF
    Washington – PF
    Richards – C

    Platoon – 2

    Quickley – PG
    Green – SG
    Johnson – SF
    Montgomery – PF
    Vanderbilt – C


    Calipari – PG
    Baker – SG
    Gabriel (If both he and Diallo stay) – SF
    Pulliam – PG
    David – SG

    • UK Big Board Update
      12:15 pm April 10, 2018 Permalink

      Herro staring over Quickley and Green. Gabriel/Baker as your 11th man.

      Some of ya’ll REALLY like Herro. LOL

    • Robkycats54
      2:59 pm April 10, 2018 Permalink

      I’ll agree with your starting five herro @uk fan…. I love herro’s game I believe cal can’t keep him off the court Devin Booker 2.0 to a lesser degree but devin booker wasn’t who is now, at kentucky but Herro will start If diallo leaves, the Herro kid is nice & look better than all the other recruits we have

  15. bigbluehank
    12:15 pm April 10, 2018 Permalink

    The key will be having some of the guys from last season return. I fear that we may lose 2-3 when it comes to Hami, Vanderbilt, PJ, and Wenyen (maybe even include Green in that group). Cal’s best teams have had a nice mixture of youth and experience. A freshmen-laden lineup next season could be as disappointing as this season was.

    • UK Big Board Update
      12:17 pm April 10, 2018 Permalink

      Technically, every season except for 8 in our 114 year history have been ‘disappointing’. Who should I blame?

    • bigbluehank
      1:07 pm April 10, 2018 Permalink

      This team was ranked as high as top 5 in some of the preseason polls. Great recruiting class. Several guys returning from the previous year. At the end of the day it amounted to 10 losses and a sweet 16 exit. I’d consider that disappointing.

  16. Biglaw Dawgin'
    12:26 pm April 10, 2018 Permalink

    I love this roster! We need at least two of Vanderbilt, PJ, Hami and Wenyen to stay. If that happens, which I think it will, we should live up to the pre-season top 5 ranking.

  17. chrislarkey
    1:11 pm April 10, 2018 Permalink

    Love how Jones is leaving after he said he wasnt a few month ago. Just proves he doesnt want to compete and is a quitter.