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Finishing with a 9-16 record and missing out on the NCAA Tournament, the Kentucky basketball coaching staff will now transition to the offseason, arguably the most important of John Calipari’s time in Lexington. Coming off a historically bad season, UK now has to build next year’s roster through the high school ranks, the transfer portal and returning players, and they can’t miss.

Adding players is one thing, but after returning just one piece from the 2019-20 roster in Keion Brooks Jr. last season, it’s clear the program can’t afford another mass exodus. Instead, Calipari and the UK coaching staff must return and develop several key pieces from the 2020-21 roster.

But who might those players be? Who’s staying and who’s going?

KSR has compiled a list of the latest updates regarding draft and transfer decisions, which will be updated as more news breaks in the coming days and weeks.

Testing the waters

Isaiah Jackson

— Jackson officially declared for the NBA Draft on March 17, but did so without hiring an agent, leaving the door open for a potential return to Kentucky.

“Playing in the NBA has always been a dream of mine growing up,” Jackson said. “It has always been something that, with the right opportunity, I would pursue. I would like to thank God for giving me the strength and ability to play the game I truly love. I want to thank my family and my friends for being there for me through thick and thin. And I would also like to thank Coach Cal, the staff, and the Big Blue Nation for the privilege to play at Kentucky and for the opportunity to pursue this dream. No matter what I ultimately decide, this place will always hold a special place in my heart.

“With that being said, I will be entering the 2021 NBA Draft without an agent and testing the waters. I am looking forward to the process and seeing what my future holds. I appreciate all the support in making this decision and I want to thank everybody who has been with me since day one.”

Kyle Tucker of The Athletic spoke with Jackson’s father, Wesley, who says his son is looking for a lottery guarantee during the draft process. If that guarantee doesn’t come, there’s a solid chance the standout freshman returns to Kentucky.

“It’s not about income,” Wesley Jackson told The Athletic. “Me and his mom have been working for years, and if I have to work another year or two, it’s no skin off my bones. And we had to let him know that, to take the pressure off him. I can wait.”

“… Cal told him, ‘If you come back, do it with a purpose. Do it because you’re committed to getting better and you want to fight your butt off, win us a bunch of games and leave no doubt that you’re a top-five guy.’ When you hear that, you have to consider it.”

— Jackson remains in Lexington, playing pick-up basketball with the likes of Lance Ware, Jacob Toppin and Dontaie Allen.

— Oscar Tshiebwe also posted a few images on his Instagram page of Jackson hanging out with both him and Jacob Toppin on April 5.

IG: @oscar_tshiebwe

— Jackson finished the year averaging 8.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game.

Expected to test the waters

Olivier Sarr

— After putting his name in the transfer portal last spring, Sarr originally said he would explore his professional options if the NCAA did not declare him eligible for the 2020-21 season.

“I don’t know (what I’ll do if I’m not declared eligible),” Sarr told ESPN’s Jeff Borzello last May. “I could go pro, play one year in the EuroLeague, somewhere to get ready for the NBA. There’s no way I sit out.”

— John Calipari said on his call-in radio show back on March 15 that Sarr came in with a one-year plan, and the expectation is that he follows through on that, likely going overseas to begin his professional basketball career.

“I would say Olivier, who had a plan even before he started playing, “Here’s what I want to do,” he will probably go that route,” said Calipari.

— Sarr averaged 10.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.2 blocks per contest in 2020-21.

Davion Mintz

KSR first reported the possibility of Mintz returning for a second season at Kentucky back on Feb. 3, noting there’s a “really good chance” the school brings back the graduate transfer guard in 2021-22.

Kyle Tucker of The Athletic also added that there is a “real possibility” Mintz returns.

Larry Vaught of Vaught’s Views spoke to an overseas source who believes Mintz will ultimately decide to return to Kentucky.

“One person with numerous professional ties says he believes Mintz will return rather than try his luck with the NBA and probably be a G-League player,” Vaught wrote.

— When asked about the possibility of returning to Kentucky following the team’s season-ending loss to Mississippi State in the SEC Tournament, Mintz said he had “no idea” when he would make a final decision.

“No idea. We just lost. I’m just processing that now. Make sure my body is healthy, decide whenever that time comes,” Mintz said at the time. “… Whether it’s my last college game or not, you just don’t want to go out like that. I know a lot of guys are feeling terrible. I mean, even if that’s the next level or not, you know how it feels to lose like this.”

— During his call-in radio show back on March 15, Calipari said Mintz would likely explore his professional options before making a final decision.

“Davion – who just came on at the end – if he has an opportunity to be drafted, I’m all for it. I will help and do whatever I can, put their name in, see where they’re projected, see if they can some workouts with teams, don’t have an agent, and then we’re here for you. If you want to do this, we’re here. If you’re ready to chase it, we’re here to help you do that.”

— Mintz’s father, Sean, told The Athletic on April 1 that the graduate transfer’s family is “selfishly hoping (Mintz) comes back” to Kentucky next season.

“Me and the family here, we’re selfishly hoping he comes back, because we had a heck of a time there,” Sean Mintz said. “… This thing is a journey and these guys play to one day earn a living at it, and we don’t want to keep him from that, but we want him to go at the right time.”

— Mintz ended his 2020-21 campaign averaging 11.5 points per game on 39.7% from the field and 37.8% from three to go with 3.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.0 steals per contest.

Keion Brooks Jr.

— After rumors of a potential transfer for Brooks began circulating immediately after the season, Kyle Tucker of The Athletic spoke with the sophomore forward’s father, who called the news “BS” and “fake news.”

— In a follow-up interview with Tucker on April 1, Brooks Sr. said his son will put his name in the draft without an agent, but will leave the door open for a return to Kentucky (and only Kentucky).

He’s going to put his name in the draft, see what that does and then go from there,” Keion Brooks Sr. told The Athletic. “(If he returns to college) it wouldn’t be nowhere else but Kentucky, unless he throws me a curveball.”

— Brooks averaged 10.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game last season.

Planning to return

Jacob Toppin

— Coming in planning to redshirt in 2020-21 to develop his body and his game before returning to game action next season, the NCAA’s immediate transfer rule allowed Kentucky the opportunity to explore immediate eligibility for Toppin.

— Seen as a long-term project piece when he signed with the program, the expectation from the start was for Toppin to stick around as a multi-year player.

— Toppin confirmed on his Instagram page back on March 28 that he will be returning to Kentucky next season.

— Toppin averaged 5.2 points and 3.5 rebounds in 17.1 minutes per contest in his first year in Lexington.

Dontaie Allen

— After speaking with Allen’s mother, April Allen-Thomas, The Falmouth Outlook reported on March 15 that the redshirt freshman will return to Kentucky next season.

“He is definitely returning!” Allen-Thomas, told Sam McClanahan of the Falmouth Outlook. “His plan is to come home and work harder than ever before and return to UK for his sophomore season, and I fully support his decision.”

— Allen averaged 5.4 points per contest on 40% shooting from three in 2020-21.

Lance Ware

— The freshman forward told Jacob Polacheck of on March 16 that a transfer is not on the table this offseason, paving way for a return to Kentucky in 2021-22.

— Ware ultimately confirmed his return to Kentucky on March 19, posting on his Instagram story that he will be “coming back next year.”

— Ware averaged 2.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per contest as a freshman.

Oscar Tshiebwe

— Signing with the Kentucky basketball program in January and arriving on campus for practice in February, the expectation all along has been that Tshiebwe will turn down the possibility of entering the draft this offseason and take the floor as a Wildcat this fall.

— In an interview with BBN Tonight on April 6, Tshiebwe explained how excited he is to play at Kentucky next season:

— Tshiebwe was averaging 8.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per game this season before entering the transfer portal.

— As a freshman, Tshiebwe led the Mountaineers in scoring (11.2 points per game), rebounding (9.3 boards per game) and blocks (1.0) in 23.3 minutes per game en route to All-Big 12 Second Team and Big 12 All-Freshman Team honors.

Officially gone

BJ Boston

— Coming in as a potential top-five draft selection, Boston has seen his draft stock take a significant hit, with both ESPN and The Athletic listing the former five-star prospect as a projected second-round pick in their latest mock drafts. The Athletic lists Boston as the No. 32 overall draft prospect, while ESPN has the 6-foot-7 guard listed at No. 34 overall.

— Calipari referenced a two-year plan with Boston to close out the regular season, comparing the highly-touted freshman’s situation to that of Immanuel Quickley and PJ Washington.

“This stuff has been hard for him. And it’s also eye-opening to know as an individual player, man, physically, this is — I’m not where I need to be physically and so, we’ve had other guys,” Calipari said. “It’s like Immanuel Quickley. Immanuel Quickley walked in my office and said, ‘Coach I know you said this would be hard.’ This is after his freshman year. ‘This is way harder than I thought and I didn’t have a good year. But I’m coming back and you watch. No one will outwork me.’ Those are the guys that should come back. That mentality. PJ Washington. That mentality. I’m not coming back to do showtime. I’m not coming back to say, ‘Hey, this is my team.’ I am coming back because I’m going to get better and I can accept that I didn’t play the way I needed to play.”

— Despite the optimism on Calipari’s end, Boston ultimately declared for the draft and signed with an agent on March 20, officially ending his time at Kentucky.

“It was an honor for me to play for the Big Blue Nation this season and to suit up for one of the best coaches in the country,” Boston said. “I want to thank Coach Cal, the staff, and my teammates for pushing me day in and day out to be the best player I could be. I’m proud of the progress I made on the court and off it this season. I’m disappointed in the results because we really wanted to win for the best fans in the country.

“I want to thank my family, friends and my brothers for life for always supporting me. That support, along with my experience at Kentucky, has given me the confidence to take this next step. Being a professional basketball player has been my dream for as long as I can remember. I’m excited for this opportunity and I know that I will have the foundation to handle anything that comes my way because of my time as a Wildcat. With that being said, I will be declaring for the 2021 NBA Draft.”

— Boston finished the year averaging 11.5 points on 35.5% shooting and 30% from three to go with 4.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.3 steals per contest.

Terrence Clarke

— Like Boston, Clarke’s draft stock has also taken a steep hit, falling to the second round in The Athletic’s latest update (No. 36 overall) and even the undrafted range in ESPN’s update (No. 69 overall) after coming in as a projected lottery pick.

— Despite the fall, Clarke has been expected to enter the NBA Draft as a one-and-done from the minute he arrived on campus, and the freshman guard confirmed those expectations when he officially entered the draft with an agent on March 20, ending his time at UK.

“As an adolescent, having the privilege to put on the Kentucky uniform and play in front of the BBN was always a lifelong goal of mine,” Clarke said. “Although it was hindered due to things out of my own control, the experience is something I will keep with me forever. I have grown a lot with this experience and I will never take it for granted. After discussing it with my family, I have decided to renounce my eligibility and declare for the NBA Draft. I had high expectations coming into this season and, of course, didn’t expect to be injured, which I understand is part of the game. Thank you to Coach Cal, the coaching staff and my teammates! BBN, I hope to make you all proud as a I pursue my dreams.”

— Clarke averaged 9.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists per contest in eight total games.

Cam’Ron Fletcher

— Seeing the floor in just eight games as a freshman, Fletcher officially entered the transfer portal just two days after the team’s season-ending loss in the SEC Tournament, an expected move.

“Although this season did not go the way any of us wanted to, being a part of the Kentucky men’s basketball program has been a great experience,” Fletcher said. “I would like to thank all of my coaches and teammates and especially the Big Blue Nation for making my time here so special. I grew so much this season, not only on the court but as a man and I’ll be forever thankful for this opportunity. However, with careful thought and consideration, my family and I have decided it is in my best interest to explore other options and enter my name into the transfer portal.”

— The 6-foot-6 forward averaged 1.7 points and 1.7 rebounds per contest as a freshman at Kentucky.

— Fletcher has heard from the likes of Missouri, Florida State, USC, UCLA, Washington, St. Mary’s, Oklahoma State, Marquette, Georgetown, Memphis, Tennessee, LSU, TCU, Loyola-Chicago, Saint Louis and Cincinnati since entering the portal, according to Jake Weingarten of Weingarten also reported that Florida State is seen as a strong contender to land the former Wildcat.

Devin Askew

— The freshman guard’s father, Brian Askew, told KSR immediately after the season his son was “locked in for next season” at Kentucky.

“Yes sir, (Devin) is locked in for next season,” Askew, told KSR. “… Dev is doing well. Sucks they lost but can’t dwell on it too long. Have to get back to work and get ready for next year.”

— Despite originally planning to return in 2021-22, Askew later announced on April 5 that he will instead put his name in the transfer portal and leave the program after just one season at UK.

“I am thankful for the opportunity I had to play basketball at the University of Kentucky,” Askew said. “I am also thankful for the coaching staff as they provided an experience that contributed to my development in this game I love. My teammates will be my friends forever and I appreciate how they pushed me day in and day out to get better.

“With that being said, it will be part of my growth in this game to explore a new opportunity and enter the transfer portal.”

“This is the part of the business I hate,” John Calipari said. “I wish I could coach every kid for four years, but I have to respect Devin’s decision and I do. I will always be here to help him. My hope – and I told him this – is that he takes the fight he learned here with him wherever he goes. He was a great teammate and improved in so many ways as the season wore on. I will be rooting for Devin as he takes this next step.”

— As a freshman, Askew finished the season averaging 6.5 points on 34.5% shooting, 27.8% from three and 80.6% from the line to go with 2.9 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 0.9 steals in 29.0 minutes per game.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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65 Comments for KSR’s Kentucky basketball draft and transfer decision tracker

  1. StuckinLville
    2:07 pm March 18, 2021 Permalink

    I dont really see it as a log jam. I see it as depth, something we never have enough of. Some of those guys are 3/4, some 4/5, so I think rotationally, it would be ok. Even a guy like Toppin can play the 5 if you want a small line up. If guys are afraid of playing time and dont want to fight to earn it, then they can leave or not come here.

    • WKY Cat
      2:41 pm March 18, 2021 Permalink

      I always laugh when Cal complains about not having enough players to scrimmage 5 on 5. Yet he’s the one building the numbers. Lol

    • katmandue2you
      11:19 pm March 18, 2021 Permalink

      Oh you mean kinda like he complains about being so young? Yeah laughable is right. There is no log jam. You keep everyone you can and fill the balance of the roster with newcomers. This crazy assed embracing of all this turnover…this speaking of its inevitableness…Cal managing his roster in a way that makes everyone believe it’s inevitable…these are all symptoms of what’s wrong with our program that HAS TO CHANGE. What the hell is so hard to understand about this?

    • runningunnin.454
      8:31 am March 19, 2021 Permalink

      We seem to have a consensus here; Cal seems to welcome the challenge of youth, and a short bench. I would think this past season satisfied his thirst for challenges.

    • CombatMedic_98
      1:25 am March 21, 2021 Permalink

      Let’s not forget Johnny Juzang whom transferred away from UK for all these Players on the roster this year…oh and he put up 27 in their NCAA B Ball Championship game…LOL way to go coach Cal…STOP recruiting one and dones dude

    • sgd
      8:48 am March 21, 2021 Permalink

      Juzang seems to be the star for UCLA. He gets all the media coverage. Scores inside and out. He plays defense too. It is obvious to me that Cal is the problem. He’s been talking about positionless basketball for 3 years at least but then pigeon holes certain players. KAT had to play inside, as did EJ and Sarr in the beginning. He restricts their game. Sarr and EJ were face the basket players. KAT could have done more than he was allowed to and it is us a title. The other players get the shift and dot get any minutes and leave. Juzang could have been a big help this year but Cal gushes too much about the 5 stars and they all get the minutes. Cal’s game plan and coaching are pathetic.

    • kyle macys socks
      4:06 pm April 7, 2021 Permalink

      Not sure you read much, but it’s been well documented that Juzang went back home during a pandemic. But why let facts get in the way of a ‘Cal sucks’ narrative

    • just a guy
      5:04 pm April 7, 2021 Permalink

      That you 4everukblue? You seem to post eerily similar posts.

    • LayTheOdds
      9:23 am April 8, 2021 Permalink

      Give me a break KMS! If Cal would have given him playing time and he saw a future at KY, I doubt we would be making excuses for him leaving.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      12:37 pm March 21, 2021 Permalink

      Mathews was a really good player at Michigan, Wiltjer a good player at Gonzaga, 2 players that stayed for multiple years at there new school and were an important pieces to their teams runs. If Cal would have kept them and used them correctly it could have been the missing piece to us going further.

    • UKinIN
      3:22 pm April 7, 2021 Permalink

      I love how Calipari saying that he had a young team is turned into “Calipari complaining that he has a young team”. I disagree that he’s complaining. I think he’s reminding Tom and the fans that young players make mistakes that experienced players don’t. It’s not a complaint. It’s just a statement of fact and something that hateful commenters need to remember.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      3:36 pm April 7, 2021 Permalink

      So your saying he’s using it as an excuse. He makes a bad decision, then uses that bad decision as an excuse…….really dude.

    • justaguyinthebackrow
      6:49 pm April 8, 2021 Permalink

      Amazing how you know more about a kid’s reason for moving home than he or his family does. But please, go back over the roster when he was here and tell me who you would play Juzang over. Some people are just full of hate, even when they have no idea what’s going on.

  2. UKInsider
    2:27 pm March 18, 2021 Permalink

    A whole bunch of B- players. We need a clear divide of starters and bench players. Cal struggled to put together lineups this year because the roster was full of a bunch of tweeners, both in position and skill set.

  3. peaches76
    2:33 pm March 18, 2021 Permalink

    Glad to see Ware coming back. He was our only banger. Unfortunately, like most of our team this year, offensively challenged. Great guy to have coming off the bench as he develops. And player development is Cal’s strong suit. Right?

    • deputy24-7
      5:15 pm March 18, 2021 Permalink

      Ware is not coming back, you will have 4-5 more players leave and if Payne gets the DePaul job, don’t be surprised if Brooks transfers there

    • 44stewart
      6:24 am March 19, 2021 Permalink

      I believe you also guaranteed Allen was leaving.

    • peaches76
      3:45 pm April 7, 2021 Permalink

      He’s already taken his name out of consideration for that job!! C’mon man!

  4. BMO15
    2:42 pm March 18, 2021 Permalink

    Idk but I have a hard time seeing Jackson coming back sounds to me like he’s already out the door regardless be awesome for us if he did decide to coming back. The biggest returns I’m hoping for are mintz and Boston to go along with Brooks who I think can have a big jump next year like pj and iq. The biggest decision is Boston’s I think this is a massive decision for how well he wants his career to go.I could easily see him dropping lower in the draft I just can’t see him dazzling to much in combine situations also being 6”6 and frail and not overly athletic by nba standards. If he came back and improved and played on a contender and shots fall more he could easily be back in lottery discussion and instantly having a spot on a roster besides bouncing around and just trying to claw in the g league I hope he makes a good decision.

    • Wildfelinebeeline
      4:20 pm March 18, 2021 Permalink

      While I’ll definitely miss Jackson if he goes, I can’t say the same for Boston. It was clear all year that Cal was covering him when he wasn’t having a good game and there were quite a few of those. So, I don’t think we’re losing a top level talent with him. Not saying that he won’t/wouldn’t become that, just saying he wasn’t that great this year. I think I’d miss Clark ore had we really had a chance to see him all year. I don’t blame any of them for chasing their dreams. So, I’m happy with who we have coming back and am not one bit sad about who we are losing! Go Cats everywhere!

    • The Big Lebowski
      1:44 am March 19, 2021 Permalink

      Boston is a typical Frosh.

      He could be a sensational Soph.

      Not all of these guys are on the One and Done timeline.

      Cal sets these kids up for jacked up expectations.

      Imagine if Ron Mercer had been forced to play as a starter as a Frosh. We’d have crucified him.

      Good lord.

      Just because Cal is an idiot doesn’t mean that the fan base must be idiotic.

    • ClutchCargo
      9:17 am March 19, 2021 Permalink

      The Dude is on point. We can’t wish for experienced players while also wanting to run young talented players off because they didn’t meet our expectations in their first year.

    • sgd
      8:34 am March 21, 2021 Permalink

      Boston said he is signing with an agent. He can’t comeback.

  5. TheMaxCat
    3:34 pm March 18, 2021 Permalink

    Who knows where his head is. Family, friends, links to this exec. and that agent. It’s hard enough to have the fall/reality check he had this year. Maybe he believes he should go and not risk the continued descend. If it was just logic, neither Boston or Clarke would take off. A lot of dominoes have to fall in the next few weeks. Who stays and who goes, who transfers because of that, SEC transfer rule, etc.

    • BMO15
      4:19 pm March 18, 2021 Permalink

      True, big Decision to make at that age after this year went just hope he takes in the right insight wouldn’t hurt for cal to tell him his honest opinion which I’m sure he is doing cause he basically did it publicly. I think it would be wise for Clarke to also come back and harness his potential but haven’t really heard anything in regards to him he seems to have been thinking about g league for awhile anyways. I truly think it would benefit both them and the program if they’d come back but can never know for sure with injuries etc.

  6. Wilfred Smith
    3:44 pm March 18, 2021 Permalink

    Jack – why is Ware in “expected” instead of “planning”? Is it semantics or is there something else?

  7. deputy24-7
    5:14 pm March 18, 2021 Permalink

    Well a mass exodus is what your going to get. The writing is on the wall, Ware has taken down anything that has UK on it in his Twitter page

    • BeejeCat
      6:09 pm March 18, 2021 Permalink

      This is false. He has plenty of UK on his Twitter page.

    • Rixter
      6:40 pm March 18, 2021 Permalink

      Are you reading walls again, Deputy?

    • BobbyBlue
      7:12 pm March 18, 2021 Permalink

      Deputy is just the latest of the seemingly never ending, line up of trolls. Like buzzards they suddenly appear when there is blood in the water after months, even years sitting, waiting for the chance.

    • 44stewart
      5:06 pm March 19, 2021 Permalink

      Maybe you just need to stop prognosticating. Ware just announced he is coming back.

    • kentuckybackupplayer
      4:38 pm April 7, 2021 Permalink

      Deputy Fife, take your one bullet and take another hit, you are obviously high as a Georgia pine.

  8. BeejeCat
    6:07 pm March 18, 2021 Permalink

    Wilfred, I believe the “planning” section is for kids who have announced their plans. I’m not aWare of any public plans from his camp which is why he is in expected.

  9. GoCatz
    12:37 am March 19, 2021 Permalink

    Johnny Juzang 23 points on 9-19 shooting for UCLA tonight…. nice job Calipari.

  10. katmandue2you
    12:58 am March 19, 2021 Permalink

    Boy I’m thankful Juzang didn’t stick around! We need to run some more off now to make room for more OADs baby!!!! It’s so easy to make the wholesale OAD proponents look like the numskulls you are. Here’s looking at you Cal. Let’s be clear. I’m not anti OAD. I’m anti “continuity none”. I’m anti acting like most our guys outta go regardless based on some frivolous stupid assed high school recruit ranking

  11. The Big Lebowski
    1:45 am March 19, 2021 Permalink

    imagine if Juzang had come back and been played this year.

    I don’t care what you say. Juzang transferred because he knew Cal was going to play Boston over him.

    Juzang just scored 21 points in his first NCAA game. Cal chases off too many guys who could help this program. Cal doesn’t seem to understand the concept of program. He only knows One and Done. He’s a freakin’ idiot.

  12. SFBBN
    2:14 am March 19, 2021 Permalink

    I do want to say thank you to BJ for his hard work and presentation for the team in this year. I know he did not meet the expectation but he never gave up and played every game for the team. It could be really tough for this young kid with the pressure but I can tell he tried his best. Nothing but the best for this young fella.

  13. kuhlkat
    2:37 am March 19, 2021 Permalink

    Cute that some people think Jackson may come back. Not a chance in France.

    • HighBallScreen
      1:57 pm March 19, 2021 Permalink

      You guys dont understand. This is just the beginning of a NEW process for Kentucky. All of the recruits are hyped as One and Dones by the people who cover the Team. At least 4 or 5 are Hyped as Lottery Picks. Rmemeber Devin Askew last year was Hyped as a One Year Guy! Several of them are promised you only need to come for a year. Like Clarke and Boston.

      Next we will begin to promise Kids the right to Opt Out of the NCAA Tourney. I mean who would want it on their Resume that a kid who played for you blew out a knee in a NCAA Torunament when he was gonna get paid by the Pros. And of course all the people who cover the Team will tell us it’s the right thing to do…..

  14. CahillsCrossingNT
    5:29 am March 19, 2021 Permalink

    Mike Krzyzewski decided to make one and done player recruiting his primary focus. Once that happened, it effectively ensured that Calipari’s program would be in steady decline. Krzyzewski has been whipping Calipari on the recruiting trail ever since, and it further proves that Calipari can’t coach up any talent he gets. The demise of Kentucky continues apace.

    • Skooms
      6:17 am March 19, 2021 Permalink

      Oh yeah, Duke’s been tearing it up on the recruiting trail. Every post season game I see them play in reminds me of it….. Oh wait.

    • 4everUKBlue
      9:38 pm March 20, 2021 Permalink

      LOL. Yeah that “greatest recruiting class of all time” including the “greatest recruit of all time really worked out well too. As I remember Cal’s team got better as the year went on while K’s team regressed.

  15. Wade
    8:22 am March 19, 2021 Permalink

    Sarr sure did play like he was waiting to go overseas. That should have been his one year plan. Don’t know why he just didn’t. Wasted his time here and was a bust.

    • TBW3011
      10:08 am March 19, 2021 Permalink

      Wasn’t a bust and was 100% used in the wrong way per usual by Cal when you’re not a back to the basket big

  16. 3 fan
    9:04 am March 19, 2021 Permalink

    No way Ware comes back. UK will hit transfer portal hard looking for shooters. Ware will be buried on the bench

  17. kybirdieman
    12:36 pm March 19, 2021 Permalink

    Anyone thinks it is a coincidence since Antigua left recruiting has dropped drastically. He’s alt Illinois #1 seed. Same with Payne and coaching big drop off, with losers from other schools that were fired Barbee and Flint on bench I see no player development.

  18. Daddyof3Ballers
    10:23 pm March 20, 2021 Permalink

    Johnny Juzang doesn’t look like he’s improved much, but is doing what he is right now…time for Cal to look into running college offenses. We have to stop running our team like a pro team. We compete in college. Just gunna leave that idea there.

  19. The Big Lebowski
    10:47 pm March 20, 2021 Permalink

    While BJ Boston is declaring for the NBA Draft, Johnny Juzang has 19 POINTS in the first half.

    • blueballs80
      4:05 pm April 7, 2021 Permalink

      We are recycling old articles. We already know this unless someone has been hiding under a rock.

  20. JPGott2
    11:30 pm March 20, 2021 Permalink

    Need talent that stays…The Darius Miller, Terrence Jones, Patrick Pattersons of the world.

    That would be Johnny Juzng this year. He is absolutely killing it!!!

    Cal needs to stop guaranteeing time. Boston and Clark showed me that.

    Cal is my coach, but he needs to start prioritizing winning for UK over just shipping youth to the NBA.

    This years failures were chemistry laden, not offensive system.

    Right then ship, Cal…You have 9 million reasons to.

  21. ohiokatfan
    11:31 pm March 20, 2021 Permalink

    Johnny Juzang really making Cal look bad. Really really bad.

    • GoCatz
      11:45 pm March 20, 2021 Permalink

      Calipari would still have him on the bench

  22. Johnny C
    12:04 am March 21, 2021 Permalink

    Juzang exposing calipari and this dumbass system. I haven’t been this pissed off in long time.

  23. BlueBanker18
    1:21 am March 21, 2021 Permalink

    Juzang put up 27 POINTS. Bad look for Calipari.

  24. BMO15
    10:19 am March 21, 2021 Permalink

    Buckle up for next year guys gonna be another long year had a disaster of a year and still have a high roster turnover. What’s happening to cal in in ncaa sort of reminds me of what was happening with Carmelo Anthony a couple years ago in the nba the game is changing from underneath him and he can’t/won’t adapt.

  25. cllikeky
    1:00 pm March 21, 2021 Permalink

    Juzang wanted to go closer to home. Can’t blame Cal or the kid. This happens all of the time.

  26. sonnyg333
    6:07 pm March 21, 2021 Permalink

    Hope all of Cals little knee takers leave. Maybe in his players ONLY system he can find a few that will take a knee to go after loose balls instead of bit-h about how bad they have in this Great Nation.

  27. BMO15
    6:13 pm March 21, 2021 Permalink

    I vote for a new nickname
    Mole faces rat cats, all they think about is how quick they can get to the cheese!!!!!!???????

  28. GACAT
    10:05 pm March 21, 2021 Permalink

    Am I the only one that remembers that Cal had Devin Booker on the bench when we went 3 straight possessions against Wisconsin without getting off a shot in 2015? I have hated Cal since and by the way, he has a losing record vs ranked opponents since 2015. Nice move Mitch, if anyone should be fired it’s Mitch. And please take Cal with you!!!

  29. millertim
    3:36 pm April 7, 2021 Permalink

    Looks like Woodland Park off Clay Avenue. Wow… can you imagine looking to run a few games and seeing that crew taking the courts? Back in the day, we played almost every night on the Blue Courts behind Seaton Center— night games were the best!!

  30. Han
    4:16 pm April 7, 2021 Permalink

    Not happy with only 3 and a half (Oscar practicing since January) back right now. Really hope Keion and Davion return.

  31. Lip Man 1
    4:55 pm April 7, 2021 Permalink


    Exactly correct. UK has been having key players go down with injuries the past few years and they have no one to even come close to replacing them. That’s because Cal fills out his “Bench” with sons of friends and former coaches, guys who’ll never see the floor but are probably around to help with the team’s GPA.

    Cal has no one to blame but himself for this nonsense.

  32. runningunnin.454
    6:44 pm April 7, 2021 Permalink

    Is it fair to argue with a comment from three weeks ago? Confusing; write new articles, please.

  33. runningunnin.454
    6:53 pm April 7, 2021 Permalink

    “If he has the opportunity to be drafted, I’m all for it”. Yeah, Cal; maybe that’s a problem…probably help them find a school to transfer to, as well. Help them pack, drive them to the airport.
    Hard as hell to support Cal when he has entered into a Faustian bargain with Mephistopheles.