Kentucky’s star first baseman, TJ Collett, will return to college baseball for another run with the Cats in 2021. Collett graduated back in May but will take advantage of the NCAA’s eligibility relief for spring athletes who missed their senior seasons due to the stupid coronavirus.
Collett had this to say in a statement through UK Athletics:
“Four years ago, BBN welcomed me with open arms. During my time in Lexington, the University of Kentucky has given me every opportunity and resource to become the best version of myself, both on and off the field. Wearing the Blue and White has been an absolute honor and incredibly fun. That’s why I’ll be wearing it for one final ride.
“I can’t wait to give everything I have to my teammates, coaches and fans. I’m blessed Mr. Barnhart and Coach Mingione are giving me the opportunity to go out on my own terms. See you in the fall, BBN!”
A long-ball hitter with 26 home runs in his career, Collett got off to a hot start this past spring with five home runs in less than a month of baseball. He also recorded his 100th career hit during that span and was batting .290 with 17 RBI at the time of the shutdown.
This is a huge addition to the Cats’ roster as the two-time National and SEC Player of the Week joins fellow graduate Zeke Lewis in returning for another run in Kentucky Proud Park.