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Iowa Basketball Star will Transfer to Kentucky to Play Football

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The Kentucky football team has added a talented wide receiver…from the Iowa basketball team? Hawkeyes forward Ahmad Wagner just announced he is transferring to Kentucky to play for Mark Stoops.

After playing basketball for three years at Stoops’ alma mater, the Dayton, Ohio native will finish his college career as a receiver on the Kentucky football team.

A three-sport star at Wayne High School, he only played one season for the football powerhouse.  In that year he caught an astounding 58 receptions for 1,028 yards and 17 touchdowns for one of the nation’s top football programs.  The 6’7″ track star received a scholarship offer from Kentucky, but did not waver on his basketball commitment to Iowa.

It’s unclear if Wagner will be eligible to play right away, but after watching the spring game, there’s no doubt the Cats could use him this fall.


Jen Smith reports Wagner will play right away and has two season of eligibility remaining. Let’s. Go.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

12 Comments for Iowa Basketball Star will Transfer to Kentucky to Play Football

  1. BBaxterUK
    1:08 pm May 1, 2018 Permalink


  2. gwhittle
    1:13 pm May 1, 2018 Permalink

    I could be wrong, but since he’s playing a different sport, I think he may have two years of eligibility left, and be able to play right away. I know there are some situations where guys spend their eligibility in one sport, but can still get a fifth year of eligibility in a different sport.

  3. Biglaw Dawgin'
    1:27 pm May 1, 2018 Permalink

    Throwing “basketball star” around there a little willy nilly, aren’t we? Glad to have him on the football team, but the first thing I did was google his hoops stats to see if we had a potential walk-on. I wouldn’t say 1.7 ppg qualifies as a star under UK standards. Not that he can’t be a star in football….

    • Mathlete
      1:46 pm May 1, 2018 Permalink

      “Star” is a relative term. For Iowa basketball history he could be considered legendary

    • gobble gobble
      3:04 pm May 1, 2018 Permalink

      Nick always throws around dumb descriptions that make no sense…

  4. kjd
    1:32 pm May 1, 2018 Permalink

    I love how we hear about our deep, and talented WR group. Yet, according to Nick, the spring game showed we not so good. In fact, Nick thinks we’re so lacking at WR that a basketball player with one year of high school football experience could help us right away.
    Another year of mediocry? Please, no.

    • ClutchCargo
      2:40 pm May 1, 2018 Permalink

      I fail to see how a basketball player can transfer, get in football shape, learn the playbook, and develop chemistry with the QB and rest of the team in time to help this fall. Fingers crossed, though.

  5. runningunnin.454
    1:38 pm May 1, 2018 Permalink

    Something you don’t see every day.

  6. 72uksprinter
    2:19 pm May 1, 2018 Permalink

    Excellent news from Justin Rowland earlier today:

    This is big: I’m told that Ahmad Wagner, 6’7 incoming receiver/former basketball transfer, has TWO years to play at Kentucky. Immediately eligible and retains 2019 eligibility. That makes a tremendous difference.
    10:19 AM – May 1, 2018

    Get the big guy on the field!

  7. Wade
    2:48 pm May 1, 2018 Permalink

    Redzone target and good size can help blocking first year he will get a small defined role with a few plays and maybe a special team guy. Love the pickup can anyone say Antonio gates.

    • coolclay
      4:14 pm May 1, 2018 Permalink

      He’s not a star. He only averaged 1.7 points and 1.7 rebounds a game. He’s more of a reserve. Misleading Headline

    • kjd
      9:15 pm May 1, 2018 Permalink

      He’s going to play WR.