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:
I would https://t.co/nHcqKUHm8Z
— Terrence Clarke (@terrenceclarke_) April 6, 2020
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.
Marcus Santos-Silva may be undersized, but that hasn’t stopped him in the past. He scored 19 points against Purdue last season, against 6’ 9” Trevion Williams and 7’ 3” Matt Haarms. He is a talented post player and would be a huge get for the Cats. pic.twitter.com/kYwUYlDBQW
— Kentucky Wildcats Breakdown (@GoCatsBreakdown) April 21, 2020
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.
Marcus Santos-Silva is not in the transfer portal as a graduate transfer, source told ESPN. I'm told graduating in three years and being immediately eligible is the goal, but he does have a few classes to take in the summer. https://t.co/LTcdmh5d07
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) April 21, 2020
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.