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Where UK Stands With the Remaining Frontcourt Options for 2019

(Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

(Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

UK’s 2019 roster is already formidable, but Coach Cal is still searching for that final cog that would have the machine running at full strength. Even if we assume EJ Montgomery and Nick Richards both return to Lexington for another season, there is still potentially room for one more big body to fill out the front-court rotation. Who that player will be, or if the Cats wind up with just three big men for next year, remains to be seen, but there are several options still technically on the table.

The likelihood that any of them end up in blue and white is a mixed bag.

Jaden McDaniels

The premier recruit still left undecided in the 2019 class, McDaniels seems to be having trouble making his final decision. We all know UK is his “dream school,” but with plenty of hometown Washington advocates certainly in his ear, the pressure of making a final commitment has to be weighing on the guy.

As recently as last week, it seemed UK was firmly in the driver’s seat as the clear leader to land McDaniels, but when his suspected decision day came and went without any official announcement, the waters got much murkier. 247Sports’ Evan Daniels flipped his prediction yesterday, now saying he believes Washington will snag the 5-star forward. With minimal whispers and no firm date set for his decision, expect the McDaniels saga to drag on just a bit longer.

Kerry Blackshear, Jr.

The former Virginia Tech standout is also ruminating on a decision of his own: to risk the uncertainty of the NBA Draft or spend one more year in college boosting his stock.

The most recent rumblings on Blackshear point to him leaning towards staying in the draft. That being said, our own Jack Pilgrim did note that should Blackshear not get the feedback he’s looking for from the League, Kentucky may be the favorite destination for arguably the top grad transfer in 2019. We’ll know soon enough: only 10 days remain until the draft withdrawal deadline.

Jordan Brown

UK reached out to the former Nevada big man and McDonald’s All-American almost immediately after his name popped up in the transfer portal, but updates on Brown have been few and far between since then. Arizona is pushing hard to woo the 6’10” power forward, but other than that, there haven’t really been any indicators on Brown’s status.

Maybe he’s waiting to see where other chips fall? Or could he be holding out for a different school to show interest? As soon as we know, so will you.

For now, I wouldn’t call the situation with any of these guys critical. But on the off chance EJ or Nick explore their options elsewhere, Coach Cal might have to put on his big boy recruiting cap and get to work once again.


Article written by Jay Winkler

Avid fan of UK Athletics, WWE, and chicken wings. Preferably at the same time.

11 Comments for Where UK Stands With the Remaining Frontcourt Options for 2019

  1. Han
    3:59 pm May 19, 2019 Permalink

    Unless there’s news on Brown, he’s not help for next year anyway. He’s a regular transfer, not a grad transfer. Has to sit out.

  2. JT55
    4:25 pm May 19, 2019 Permalink

    If I had to choose, I’d take Blackshear. Proven player who would provide a physical presence we will need.

  3. chrislarkey
    4:42 pm May 19, 2019 Permalink

    I predict I’m sick of reading about all this

    • 4everUKblue
      5:16 pm May 19, 2019 Permalink

      Call the police and have the person holding the gun to your head forcing you to read about it and have them arrested. Problem solved.

    • jim tom
      6:57 pm May 19, 2019 Permalink

      I’m exhausted

  4. dismore
    4:46 pm May 19, 2019 Permalink

    I’d be surprised if we get any of them. Hope EJ comes on like he’s capable of.

  5. Smyrna_Cat
    4:49 pm May 19, 2019 Permalink

    You can’t say that. Someone will say you are overally negative and should be thrilled to hear the same non-news 10 times a day on this site. Woo hoo.

    • nocode96
      5:44 pm May 19, 2019 Permalink

      This isn’t fox news man, they can’t just make up stories that don’t exist just to excite a bunch of old, gullible people. No one makes you, or anyone else read this site. Besides, if KSR writers weren’t repetitive in talking about these issues, where on earth would you find the space to vent about it ten times a day? It’s like you sit, wait, and pounce on any story that isn’t something like “John Wall announces he’s returning to Kentucky, and he’s bringing Joel Embid with him”. Is that what you want? Sensationalized reporting and fabrication of a story? You, of all people, should know what to expect from this site. I’m gonna go ahead and tell you, there’s going to be another “Jaden is undecided” post on here tomorrow, and the next day, until he decides something. That’s how news works.

    • Han
      6:38 pm May 19, 2019 Permalink

      Preach it, nocode96

  6. jim tom
    6:58 pm May 19, 2019 Permalink

    Either shit or get off the pot

  7. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    9:04 pm May 19, 2019 Permalink

    Brown’s waiting to see if AZ gets to keep their bagman.