Another pledge just became official: Nate Sestina has signed with Kentucky.
The Bucknell grad transfer put pen to paperwork today to cement his spot on next year’s roster. The 6-foot-9, 245-pound forward will be eligible this fall and, in a release from UK, said he can’t wait to take the next step in his basketball and academic career.
“It’s been an amazing ride from Emporium (Pennsylvania) to Bucknell and everywhere in between, and it’s surreal to think my college basketball career isn’t over yet,” Sestina said. “I’m humbled to get started with Kentucky. I want to thank God, my family, my coaches, my teammates and John Calipari for this opportunity.”
Last season, Sestina averaged 15.8 points, a team-high 8.5 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game for Bucknell while shooting 53.6% from the floor. He also made 41 threes off 38% from behind the arc.
“I think everyone knows my stance on graduate transfers,” John Calipari said in a release. “We are only going to take someone if it’s going to help both the kid and our program. I’m not going to take someone if they’re not going to have an impact. After seeing what Reid’s (Travis) move did for him this past season and how he helped our program, I told our staff if there are other kids in his situation that could benefit, let’s take a look at them.
“Nate falls into that scenario in that he’s achieved what he set out to do and now wants to take this thing to the next level. I’m excited to get to work with him because he’s where the game is going. He has the ability to play in the post but he can stretch you out, which gives us the ability to play a little different and open things up more. He’s a great kid from a great family who wanted this challenge.”
Welcome aboard, Nate.