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Terrence Clarke wants VCU transfer Marcus Santos-Silva to come to Kentucky



Kentucky is all-in on Purdue graduate transfer Matt Haarms, but could they also be feeling out potential interest from VCU star transfer Marcus Santos-Silva, as well?

Five-star guard signee Terrence Clarke is doing his part, at the very least.

Not long after Santos-Silva announced he would be transferring from VCU, Clarke took to Instagram to express his interest in the 6-foot-7 forward originally out of Boston, MA, telling the Big Blue Nation to “show him love” and to “get him [to Lexington].”

Just two weeks ago, Clarke also expressed interest in Matt Haarms transferring to Kentucky from Purdue:

Last season at VCU, Santos-Silva was the team’s leading scorer, rebounder, and shot-blocker, averaging 12.8 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game last season while shooting 56.9% from the field.

Some of his biggest performances of the year came against familiar competition, with the 6-foot-7 forward finishing with 22 points and 11 rebounds against Tennessee, 17 points, 11 rebounds, and four steals against LSU, and 19 points against Haarms’ Purdue squad.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Borzello, the former VCU forward is not considered a graduate transfer as of today, though he is working to complete a few classes this summer to do so, thus ensuring his immediate eligibility next season at the school of his choice.

Checking out his social media, Santos-Silva currently follows John Calipari, Terrence Clarke, Ashton Hagans, PJ Washington, Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker, DeMarcus Cousins, and Hamidou Diallo on Twitter, along with Clarke, Devin Askew, Julius Randle, and the official Kentucky men’s basketball account on Instagram.

Is Kentucky recruiting both Haarms and Santos-Silva to Lexington? Exploring their options in case Haarms heads elsewhere? Prefer the VCU transfer?

No matter the case, there seems to be at least some level of mutual interest between the former Rams forward and Kentucky.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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11 Comments for Terrence Clarke wants VCU transfer Marcus Santos-Silva to come to Kentucky

  1. Marginal Prophet
    7:40 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

    Get them both – that way Brooks can play the 3 or 4. And we don’t even know if Toppin will be eligible as a transfer. We have seen the last two seasons how difficult it is when there are injuries, quitters, or suspensions. Right now, we need more scholarship players to have good competition in practice.

  2. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    7:52 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

    I honestly think we should get 13 scholarship players every year now. Transfers, grad transfers, freshmen, whatever. Fight it out and win playing time. It is obvious that players are leaving no matter what, so may the best men win.

    • JASUN74
      7:59 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

      I agree. Well we’re allowed 14 so take 14. I know what you’re saying though and I’m with you 100%. Both these guys would be great here at Kentucky and add some need. Come on Cal. Lol. Man I love Kentucky basketball. Luckiest fans in the world and it’s not even close! Go Cats

    • BlueSteel
      9:47 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

      I’m pretty sure the scholarship limit is 13… And You never know what the future holds so I can understand why Cal keeps a few open every year… Yes – we probably need more than 8 though. LOL

  3. Bluehender
    8:02 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

    If we get both of them we’ll be set

  4. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    8:34 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

    If Cal gets both ,turns this into transfer central, and wins at least a sweet 16 than next year Count Cocainenwhiskey will try and do it and ESPN will give him all the credit for his ingenuitive gameplan.

  5. UKFanSC
    8:49 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

    Get them both.

  6. Lyle Evans
    9:02 pm April 21, 2020 Permalink

    Dude is an inside player. Cal LOVES that and we NEED that.

  7. CoachCalFan
    8:35 am April 22, 2020 Permalink

    A lot of fans keep saying “use all the scholarship” are the same ones that complain about having a new roster every year and kids transferring. That will increase it even more and make the beloved instate kids not want to even sign.

    • Corder
      9:17 am April 22, 2020 Permalink

      It already happens without taking all those kids so why not at least stock the cupboard and see how that works. Doing the same thing over and over doesn’t seem to work great so why not try something new. Don’t get me wrong I’ll back Cal on anything he decides but I can’t ever see it being a bad thing to use the scholarships that we got. Especially for practice because for awhile now Cal has been saying we haven’t had enough body’s in practice.

    • CoachCalFan
      4:29 pm April 22, 2020 Permalink

      Corder I can agree with that logic…hell it is happening already with the limited amount of players we already have on scholarship. I just wonder how does that look from HS recruits perspective when making a decision on who to keep in “Top 5” or whatever not knowing who will really leave the program or not in your position