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Nolan Hickman decommits from Kentucky

(Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

(Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Some surprising Friday afternoon news with major implications on next year’s basketball roster, Nolan Hickman has decommitted from the University of Kentucky.

The Twitter account @recruitsnews was the first to break the news and KSR confirmed the report.

Moments later, Hickman gave the following statement via Instagram.

“I got nothing but All love for BBN.. Coach Cal.. and the entire kentucky coaching staff,” he says. “Thank you.”

Hickman is the fourth-ranked point guard in the Class of 2021, according to the 247 Sports Composite. He was recruited to Kentucky by Tony Barbee, whose recent departure may have played a role in the decommitment; in addition to Calipari seeking other point guard options in the transfer portal. Now Calipari needs two point guards from the point guard market, and Hickman’s decommitment may mean he is aware of Calipari’s plans for the position.

Hickman had already signed his Letter of Intent at Kentucky, so he will need to be released to enroll elsewhere. Good luck to him, wherever he ends up.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

81 Comments for Nolan Hickman decommits from Kentucky



  1. VilleCat11
    3:37 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    Well happy Friday… There surely is something on the horizon that has caused this move…



  2. ClutchCargo
    3:38 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    Well, that sucks. Unless it’s because he’s been given a heads up that a couple of other PGs are on the way.



    • Bluehender
      3:43 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

      Something else cooking….



  3. JT55
    3:38 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    Def need two PGs now.



  4. Daddyof3Ballers
    3:41 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    Wow



    • ClutchCargo
      3:43 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

      Do one or two of your ballers play point guard, by any chance?



  5. JT55
    3:42 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    Sounds like Miller is leaning towards LSU. Not good for the Cats.



    • neat1ky
      3:58 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

      Actually that will change if and when the 2 asst coaches come here



    • chris43
      6:08 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

      I WOULD NOT release this kid. LOI has been signed.



    • JT55
      4:59 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

      He’s announcing tomorrow so probably not. He’s a heavy LSU lean.



    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      5:29 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

      JT may be very surprised tomorrow.



  6. gacat123
    3:43 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    Ty Ty Washington



  7. Boro Boy
    3:44 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    Mintz and Miller ….or perhaps Carr…TyTy



  8. UKgrad80
    3:44 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    Kids these days words are worthless, no character what so ever!



    • Han
      3:46 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

      More character than randos trashing teenagers they don’t know online.



    • FinnaGoHAM
      3:49 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

      #Truth



    • FinnaGoHAM
      3:49 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

      That comment was for Han



    • CatBlue in LR
      4:08 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

      Whoever else emerges, Mintz needs to be in the mix, IMHO. Need that experience overall, experience in the system, maturity and confidence. Personally, I’d also like Miller, but I don’t know what’s happening. Hope it’s good!



    • 2andToodleLoo
      4:14 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

      UKgrad80 – perhaps it’s the COACHES’ words that are worthless. Would you want to leave if your boss brought in someone else to do your job after promising it to you?!



    • Cousins Fake Tooth 2
      4:15 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

      #Truth



    • Cousins Fake Tooth 2
      4:15 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

      That comment was for UKgrade80



    • BradsBlazer
      6:53 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

      Oh shut up, you wouldn’t say that to their face. Be quiet.



  9. You Can Call Me Cal
    3:45 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    Wow he’s a McDonald’s AA; So Cal better have something better up his sleeve



  10. kjd
    3:45 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    Pretty much Cal and just about all of KSR has been ignoring Hickman when saying we need a PG. Hilarious.



  11. cDIDDLE88
    3:46 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    I definitely think we have found a better fit???



  12. cDIDDLE88
    3:47 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    And I’m very intrigued by Ty ty..



  13. Stop Hammer Time
    3:50 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    Not sure if true or not. But rumor is he was unhappy that Cal seemingly has reached out to every PG in the portal.



    • ClutchCargo
      3:52 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

      If he was counting on being the only PG on the roster, then I’m fine with this. I don’t think that was the case, though.



  14. BlueBanker18
    3:50 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    I think this is happening ahead of some news that a combination or all of Carr, Miller and/or Mintz will be announcing soon.



    • 2andToodleLoo
      4:16 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

      Hogwash. UK coaches don’t even know what’s going to happen sometimes. And they surely aren’t 100% enough to tell a signed recruit to get lost.



  15. BlueBanker18
    3:51 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    Washington could announce, but that’s not enough of a threat to make Hickman leave IMO.



  16. BoogieDMC
    3:51 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    Has anyone that’s worried that he decommitted actually watched Nolan Hickman play? He wasn’t the answer for next year.



    • StuckinLville
      3:54 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

      I have and if you didnt think he’s the answer, I dont know what you were watching. Kid is a play maker and can shoot.



  17. StuckinLville
    3:53 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    Wth? This kid is legit, was looking forward to him being a Wildcat. I thought he was all about playing with other guards but I guess not.



  18. bigcat68
    3:56 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    He decommited for the right reasons. Good news coming.



    • Ryan Lemonds Toupee
      3:59 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

      ^this^ Big Cat let it outta the bag



  19. Headhurts
    3:59 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    If U can’t run with the big cats get your Butt on the porch.



  20. jimlowe7
    4:00 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    Tranfers have better IQ and bodies than pure FRESHMEN – BJ & Clarke much higher rated than Hickman – Clark was ready for KY but BJ took 20 games to “get it”!



    • Kojohnson
      5:36 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

      I wanted him to be a CAT but maybe he wasn’t ready to lose the starting pg job to a more experienced pg.



  21. NUM1UKFANFROMTHEVILLE
    4:02 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    Well Miller is announcing tomorrow, along with probably coach o and chin being introduced as new assistants too. Mintz probably isn’t back if we haven’t heard by now bc he SHOULD know he’s not gleague or nba material. Carr will get 2nd to undrafted evaluations, so maybe he’s another get. If Miller does choose LSU, I Think Tyty is a must. Cal isn’t going to waste time showing someone how they will look in the offense and says he wants you too often. I think we get tyty either by the end of today or this weekend. Mix in Brooks coming back, and Fredrick transfer, we’ll be good 2 go. Not automatic final 4, but sweet 16 good, so gives us a shot from a real rough year up to date



  22. mashman 93
    4:02 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    Yeah Cal has something else brewing. I hope Nolan has great career wherever he goes.



  23. Jpcat15
    4:07 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    Don’t blame him- seems like we are chasing 10 pt guards. Probably felt like they were recruiting right over him.



    • Bluehender
      4:25 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

      So you feel like maybe he didn’t have the confidence for competition? That’s a reason a lot of kids say they come here. To compete against the best..



  24. VilleCat11
    4:16 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    I wouldn’t mind a follow-up post by Jack or something hinting at good things to come 🙂
    At the end of the day I want kids who want to be here and ready to go at it every day… I’ll focus more on who is here and comes than who doesn’t…



  25. Cousins Fake Tooth 2
    4:16 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    Don’t release him, and make him burn a year of eligibility. Spent all that money recruiting you, you should have some consequinces.



    • nocode96
      4:47 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

      Mmmm, consequinces. lol



    • Bobby Coe
      4:54 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

      Yeah Cuz. Let’s screw up this kid’s life because he recognized he was being recruited over. BTW. Learn to spell.



    • 4everUKBlue
      5:30 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

      What did you expect from this troll?



    • FinnaGoHAM
      5:32 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

      #Dumb



    • FinnaGoHAM
      5:33 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

      That comment was for Cousins Fake Tooth 2



  26. cllikeky
    4:21 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    They will release him. It would make UK look bad to other kids by holding him hostage for a year. Besides if he doesn’t want to be here let him go.



  27. secrick
    4:28 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    Good Lord guys , Tony Barbee was the guy that got him to Ky , he’s gone and the kid may follow him .GOOD LUCK TO HIM



    • DaveT999
      5:07 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

      No offense to Barbee, but kids don’t go to Kentucky because of the assistant-to-the-coach



  28. runningunnin.454
    4:29 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    Damn, so annoying to get a phone alert for something like this; phone alerts should be reserved for, you know, good news. This is definitely not good news.



    • ClutchCargo
      4:43 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

      Here ya go, rg. This will make it better… https://youtu.be/5rOiW_xY-kc



    • BLUEVADER
      4:44 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

      Hopefully good news is Coming bub fingers crossed. CAL has some options out there.



    • runningunnin.454
      5:25 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

      Thanks, Clutch; nice tune; but, I’m not out standing on a ledge yet. I did like this guy, though after watching several of his games. He finds the open man, and is a master of the no-look bullet passes. Only thing that surprised me was that, at the high school level, his teammates could handle those passes.



  29. BLUEVADER
    4:31 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    I think something is in the works and can See Orlando probably has some recruits going to follow us the links guard and Maybe the Minnesota guard. I’ll take the upper classmates and experience. Maybe the Chin guy has a big time guard he might get a commit from. I say we might get a commit or 2 next few weeks after the coaches get in place. Certain players will flow the coaches they want to play for and have built a relationship with. Things about to get interesting.



  30. Bobby Coe
    4:50 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    This is not a “kids word” being worthless. Rather, it is a clear case of a kid that recognizes he is being recruited over. I’ve seen this coming for a while. Too bad. Sounded like a good kid from a good family with his head on straight. Not enough flash.



  31. DaveT999
    5:03 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    A very sudden decommitment like this tells me one thing – Mintz, Carr, Wheeler, Washington, Miller, Hardy – 2-3 of those guys are coming to/returning to Kentucky.



  32. JGo
    5:12 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    Honestly, not liking whatever is going on behind the scenes. Definitely haven’t liked how we have to look at every single guard that hits the transfer portal. Somebody doesn’t seem to know what he is doing. Hope I am wrong !



    • nocode96
      5:35 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

      Yep, the HOF, championship winning coach is totally clueless in basketball. We really need to hire disgruntled fans to run the program.



    • FinnaGoHAM
      5:45 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

      I think in this situation its more KSR trumpeting every guard with some value that’s hit the portal. Right off the top of my head I remember the Oklahoma PG only got an initial call from the coaching staff, and never heard from them again; and the Coastal Carolina PG wanted to hear from UK (maybe for his own ego), but stated earlier this week he never heard from them.



    • The Big Lebowski
      1:34 am May 1, 2021 Permalink

      John Chaney = HOF Coach

      How many Championships did he have?

      Nolan Richardson – HOF Coach

      Won the ’94 NCAA Championship. Never again.

      Rick Majerus, Gene Keady, Eddie Sutton and a whole slew of other coaches are in various Halls of Fame. Many of them never won an NCAA Championship.

      Cal is supposed to be working for another Championship. Spending the time from the NCAA Championship game to the start of the next season offering every “elite” player in every portal transferring in an effort to fill out a team of new players every year doesn’t seem like a plan and never taking the time to develop a team over the course of a couple of seasons doesn’t seem as though it will lead to anything more than Cal riding 2012, a pretty good winning percentage and the Hall of Fame into retirement.

      But, hey, you know…

      I guess he’s being paid 100 Million per championship.



  33. WKY Cat
    5:15 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    You all have zero proof anything better is coming. Kool aid anyone?!



    • 4everUKBlue
      5:33 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

      And you have zero proof there isn’t something better coming. Haterade anyone?



  34. T-Town Cat
    5:15 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    So, if good news is coming in the form of 2-3 new/returning players, are you saying Cal told Hickman and asked him if he still wanted to come here? That doesn’t seem likely. How else would Hickman know?



    • DaveT999
      5:34 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

      These players all talk to each other. They all know each other from AAU, workouts, camps, etc. They follow each other on social media, they’re always talking.

      And I definitely believe Hickman heard someone committed (either directly from the player or someone he trusts) and either he asked Cal, or he complained to someone and it got back to Cal. I’m sure Cal would tell him straight up if someone committed or not, and he made a decision from there.

      There have been more than a few “leaks” from UK players in the past right before a new commitment was announced. They know.



  35. runningunnin.454
    5:30 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    Tony Barbee, really? So, he’s going to follow him to Central Michigan? I just can’t see that happening.



    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      5:36 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

      I think that is a good way to save face. We have some big time guards coming in and Hickman probably doesn’t want to sit on the bench for three years. I hope he does well wherever he ends up.



  36. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    5:34 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    This ultimately is good news. We need one freshman pg, one experienced pg, and one combo guard with experience. TyTy Washington, Davion Mintz, Adam Miller, and Marcus Carr or the guy from Georgia could all be in the mix. We could land three of these guys.



    • DaveT999
      5:36 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

      Miller is announcing Saturday, and Wheeler is rumored to be announcing Monday. I expect Miller to go to LSU, and Wheeler to come to UK.

      Wheeler cannot shoot to save his life, but he had the best turnover-to-assist ratio in the SEC last year. He’s a true PG.



  37. chris43
    6:01 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    WTF?!?!?



  38. dcforuk
    6:23 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    Things are not always perfectly coordinated as you may think!

    As John Lennon sang “Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans!”



  39. GACAT
    6:31 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    What the hell is Cal doing? He runs off players and now coaches. I do not like where our program is heading. I said this before and I will say this again , it’s time for Cal to go!! We have been on a downward spiral since Cal blew the National Championship in 2015. How long are we going to drink Cal’s kool aid? I for one am done with Cal.



  40. VirginiaCat
    6:58 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    The same HOF coach who went 9-16 last year and didn’t even get an invitation to the NIT. But that’s perfectly okay because, remember, he is a HOF coach.



  41. CahillsCrossingNT
    7:11 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

    Kentucky has lost its luster. That was obvious to anyone with a brain years ago.



    • Bluehender
      7:17 pm April 30, 2021 Permalink

      Hey check this out above…3 idiots right in a row…



  42. GACAT
    6:00 pm May 2, 2021 Permalink

    Bluehender, GO FU&@$!!! yourself!!!!!