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Nate Sestina signs with Kentucky



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.”

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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.


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14 Comments for Nate Sestina signs with Kentucky

  1. Cokely53
    12:41 pm April 18, 2019 Permalink

    Somebody sign that announcer!

    • TheAssman
      12:56 pm April 18, 2019 Permalink

      4 real…..he’s great!!

    • Bluebloodtoo
      1:21 pm April 18, 2019 Permalink

      Eh… He’s great for one or two games. Don’t think i could handle that every game. Spelling “fouled” really took it to another level, and I’m not sure it needs to go there.

    • DelrayCat
      2:15 pm April 18, 2019 Permalink

      Reminds me of Mick Hubert, voice of the Gators.
      More annoying than not.

  2. mashman 93
    1:08 pm April 18, 2019 Permalink

    Welcome to UK Nate.

  3. ScottGreene22
    2:12 pm April 18, 2019 Permalink


  4. Robinson73
    2:46 pm April 18, 2019 Permalink

    Welcome to the BBN this class is looking good for next year.
    #BBN #9

  5. Scottscats
    3:49 pm April 18, 2019 Permalink


  6. Glock
    4:05 pm April 18, 2019 Permalink

    Now lets go get a couple more to fill up the roster spots

  7. Cattington
    4:13 pm April 18, 2019 Permalink

    Probably will end up being a better version of Wenyen.

    • bigblue2284
      4:42 pm April 18, 2019 Permalink

      He won’t be as good as Wenyen, I really hope Maxey is good because this team is shaping up to be pretty meh.

    • bigblue2284
      4:48 pm April 18, 2019 Permalink

      This is legit the third straight year I’m not really into the basketball team, the last team that was really good was the Fox and Monk team. The truth is since the 14-15 team Cal hasn’t had elite talent, the exception is Fox and Monk only. Murray was good, Ulis was good and that’s about it. I guess I’d say the 17-18 team was the worst and 18-19 was the most underachieving, but I do believe this team coming in has the potential to be an NIT team so w will see.

    • JT919
      5:09 pm April 18, 2019 Permalink

      I really think NIT is a stretch. You’d be equating this coming team to Indiana and Arkansas. Wait and see of course, but there is too much talent present to not at least be a low single digit seed in the tourney.

  8. 4everUKblue
    4:43 pm April 18, 2019 Permalink

    Welcome to BBN Nate, kick ass!