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Does Alkins’ decision improve the Cats’ chances for Cam Johnson?

Photo: Pittsburgh Athletics

Photo: Pittsburgh Athletics

In what usually wouldn’t be newsworthy on Kentucky Sports Radio, Arizona swingman Rawle Alkins has chosen to remove himself from this year’s NBA Draft and return to Arizona for his sophomore season. The reason that this impacts the Kentucky basketball landscape is that Sean Miller and Arizona were thought to be the leader for Pittsburgh transfer Cameron Johnson.’s Corey Evans told CatsIllustrated that he thinks it puts Kentucky in the driver’s seat in the chase for Johnson.

“Definitely does help UK though,” Evans said in a message. “Think they jump ahead of Zona.”

The one big thing for UK fans to watch is how North Carolina has turned into a possible contender in the Cam Johnson sweepstakes. Evans mentions that he thinks UNC is the probable landing spot for Johnson if Pittsburgh decides to recant on their decision to block his transfer to any other ACC school.

You can read the entire story from here.

I think that the Hamidou Diallo decision that will come sometime in the next three days before the May 24th deadline, will have a major bearing on if Johnson is playing for the Wildcats next season. In my opinion, if Diallo chooses to stay in the draft, I think there’s a much larger chance that Coach Cal can bring Johnson to Lexington. However, if Diallo comes back to school for a season, then the door is wide open on that recruitment.

The first half of this week will almost completely finish the mold for what the UK basketball team will look like next season. Should be an exciting three or four days.


Article written by Brett Bibbins

Graduate of the University of Kentucky in 2015. Spend my free time watching sports, The Office or Harry Potter. Three-word phrases to live by: For The Kids and Cats by 90 @BrettBibbinsKSR

7 Comments for Does Alkins’ decision improve the Cats’ chances for Cam Johnson?

  1. Angelo
    9:35 pm May 21, 2017 Permalink

    Great info!!!

  2. a21CATSfan
    11:10 pm May 21, 2017 Permalink

    I really hope that Diallo decides to come back. I couldn’t imagine the national media backlash towards Cal if he takes Johnson. Forde, Goodman, Travis, etc. probably already have it typed and ready to publish. Cowherd has an entire show to bash Cal and his hypocrisy from his rant on graduate transfers last year. I know Pitt is not a mid major and the kid has two years left to play. They won’t mention that.

  3. Bobbum Man
    2:10 am May 22, 2017 Permalink

    Always hoped diallou came back obviously but after seeing him post the 8th highest vertical of all time I’d really love to watch this kid for a year. I still think he’s likely gone as with his measurables I have little doubt someone will roll the dice on him in the first but still… he’s gonna be a exciting player

  4. maximumscott
    3:33 am May 22, 2017 Permalink

    You think the decision will come in the next three days before the 24th? How insightful. Next you will say that sometime in the next year we will file taxes, but we will know for sure once we submit the documents. Great journalism. Go to sleep.

    • Jiminy Crickets
      7:11 am May 22, 2017 Permalink

      Instead of posting at 330am, maybe you should sleep. Albeit he may be missing a comma, he didn’t say he thought the decision would be coming in next 3 days. He said the decision, coming in next 3 days, will greatly affect Johnson’s decision.

    • ClutchCargo
      8:24 am May 22, 2017 Permalink

      Reading comprehension…

  5. Sentient Third Eye
    9:20 am May 22, 2017 Permalink

    If Diallo stays in, there’s no reason for him to do anything at all, so we may have to wait until the 24th has elapsed to find out for sure. So we might NOT know before the 24th…