John Calipari and the UK coaching staff are searching for the perfect fit at the lead guard position as they inch closer toward finalizing the 2021-22 roster, and one popular name is being linked to the program to fill that role.
Minnesota star guard Marcus Carr, who entered the transfer portal back on March 19 following the firing of Richard Pitino, is testing the NBA Draft waters. Should he return to college and explore his transfer options, Kentucky is seen as a “team to keep a close eye on.”
“They have already hit it big landing Oscar Tshiebwe and Kellan Grady but they’re not done yet,” Travis Branham of 247Sports said following former UK target Trevor Keels’ commitment to Duke on Friday. “Kentucky is in pursuit of several other transfers and will likely land one or two more of the best on the market. If Marcus Carr decides to finish out his college career and not stay in the 2021 NBA Draft, Kentucky will be a team to keep a close eye on to potentially land the top transfer.”
Carr, who averaged 19.4 points, 4.9 assists and 4.0 rebounds last season at Minnesota, is considered arguably the biggest name in the transfer portal. The third-team All-Big Ten honoree scored 30 or more points four times this past season, finishing with 35 points in the season-opener against Green Bay, 32 points against Saint Louis, 30 points against Iowa and 41 points against Nebraska.
Despite shooting 39% overall from the field and 32% from three on the year, Carr finished the year with ten games with at least three made 3-pointers. He also finished with 12 games with at least six assists and 11 games with at least five rebounds.
Earlier today, Auburn transfer Justin Powell announced his commitment to Tennessee after John Calipari ultimately decided to hold off on offering a scholarship. UK was seen as a top contender to land the former North Oldham star, but it became rather clear in recent weeks that the staff had (and continues to have) its eyes on a bigger prize at the point guard position.
Could Carr be the answer?