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VCU transfer Marcus Santos-Silva has not heard from Kentucky

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Despite five-star signee Terrence Clarke’s public plea and a surplus of recent UK-related follows on social media, the Kentucky coaching staff has not yet reached out to VCU transfer Marcus Santos-Silva.

According to a report by Adam Zagoria this morning, the 6-foot-7 forward has heard from Arizona State, Georgia, UCONN, Siena, Miami, Illinois, Seton Hall, Washington State, and Virginia Tech.

No sign of Kentucky.

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

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.

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.

In other news, Purdue graduate transfer Matt Haarms officially cut his list to three – Kentucky, Texas Tech, and BYU – with multiple outlets reporting a commitment is expected by the end of the week.

Has the Kentucky coaching staff found their guy?

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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15 Comments for VCU transfer Marcus Santos-Silva has not heard from Kentucky

  1. VirginiaCat
    11:10 am April 22, 2020 Permalink

    There must be a reason. Speculation?

  2. monstermash1
    11:23 am April 22, 2020 Permalink

    Maybe don’t want to make waves that would scare off Haarms.

  3. Ez21
    11:30 am April 22, 2020 Permalink

    He doesn’t wanna bring in players over Ware and Jackson. Has nothing to do with anything else.

    • trumpetguy
      2:49 pm April 22, 2020 Permalink

      21, may be a valid point. Kid has physique much like Reid Travis..never seen him play though.

  4. Alex90
    11:58 am April 22, 2020 Permalink

    If they got Haarms it wouldn’t even make sense for him to come here. Selfishly yea he’d be nice to have and he could still help himself by coming here but I’m guessing he wants to be a significant piece on a team instead of helpful role player

  5. UKgrad80
    12:21 pm April 22, 2020 Permalink

    They better have something lined up if they have not spoken to him yet!

  6. Cletis75
    12:30 pm April 22, 2020 Permalink

    I would rather have him than Haarms, maybe. I am thinking Jackson could fill the role of Haarms maybe, but this Cat is pretty polished. He doesn’t need a lot of work, but maybe Haarms has the higher ceiling of the two.

  7. Wildfelinebeeline
    1:06 pm April 22, 2020 Permalink

    Confucius say: Tea leaves and crickets make a great tea without the crickets! Lol

  8. IrishCat
    1:17 pm April 22, 2020 Permalink

    Probably not the year for this guy. If we needed a 4 he would be a great addition, just doesn’t fit well into next year’s roster.

  9. UKBigBlueForever
    1:18 pm April 22, 2020 Permalink

    Maybe Haarms is already a CAT and we just don’t know it yet???

  10. johnnycat
    1:35 pm April 22, 2020 Permalink

    How am I already so excited for next season???!!! I SOOO wish our guys had a chance to play the ncaa tourney!!! I really believe they could have made a good run!

  11. BobbyBlue
    1:43 pm April 22, 2020 Permalink

    Saving room for a 21 reclassification ?

  12. Fitz
    2:33 pm April 22, 2020 Permalink

    Very interesting. Guys a banger, which are few and far between these days. If it’s choice between Harrms and Santos-Silva the only advantage I see with the former is his shot blocking.

  13. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    3:20 pm April 22, 2020 Permalink

    We need a rim protector more than anything Haarms feels that role a little better. We have everything else. Still would be nice to have an established player like him.

  14. CoachCalFan
    4:39 pm April 22, 2020 Permalink

    I think he is looking for more than just a “Sestina mindset” type of role. He wants to be on a bigger stage, which we have, but we need someone that knows they are a much needed body and not going to be the focal point. That’s why Mintz was a great pick up because he knows his role is to be a leader in the locker room but contribute enough until Askew is ready to take that lead position before conference starts