For the second time in four days, a member of the Kentucky Wildcats is transferring out of the program.
But unlike the first announcement in which senior forward KeKe McKinney surprisingly announced her decision to transfer on Friday, the news that came out on Monday was expected. According to a press release put out the program, the Charlotte 49ers are adding Kameron Roach to next season’s roster as a graduate transfer. Roach graduated from Kentucky this past December with a degree in Kinesiology & Health Promotion after joining the team out of high school back in 2017.
— Kam ? (@kameron_roach) April 5, 2021
Roach has primarily come off the bench during her lengthy career as Wildcat. Initially a four-star prospect out of Lower Richland High School in Hopkins, SC, the 5-foot-6 point guard appeared in 28 total games throughout her first two seasons in Lexington before an Achilles injury cost her the entirety of the 2019-20 season. Roach returned for 2020-21 as a redshirt-junior in a backup point guard role, averaging 1.8 points in 6.5 minutes per game across eight outings.
On Friday, KSR was first to report that Roach would use her two remaining years of eligibility as a graduate transfer. A few days later, she was picked up by the Conference USA program. Roach is now the second player to leave a Power 5 school this offseason in favor of joining Charlotte, as Duke’s Mikayla Boykin did the same last week.
Source tells KSR that Kentucky WBB redshirt junior Kameron Roach will put her name on the transfer list as a graduate student.
The 5-foot-6 point guard graduated in December with a degree in Kinesiology & Health Promotion. Averaged 1.2 points in 6.0 mpg during 3 seasons at UK.
— Zack Geoghegan (@ZGeogheganKSR) April 3, 2021
Here’s what Roach’s new head coach, Charlotte’s Cara Consuegra, had to say about adding the former Wildcat:
“We’re really excited to bring Kameron into our program,” Consuegra said in the 49ers press release. “She’s a young lady we recruited really hard coming out of high school. We had a great relationship with her and her family. Obviously, we didn’t have the opportunity to sign her on the front end but several years down the line now she is someone we can bring into the program. She is a young lady of high character but also a great basketball player, someone who can really impact our program.”
Roach joins McKinney and senior point guard Chasity Patterson, who will put her name in the 2021 WNBA Draft, as the trio of Wildcats who have already made the decision to leave the program in some form or fashion. McKinney has yet to announce where she will spend her final season while another senior forward, Tatyana Wyatt, is still unsure if she will use her extra year of college eligibility on the court or not.