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Kentucky basketball under Mark Pope: Transfer portal news, 2024 roster, recruits, top targets from SEC experts

The Kentucky men’s basketball program often did its best work over the offseason. The Wildcats have had at least three five-star recruits in six of the last eight seasons with John Calipari landing some of the top one-and-done recruits in America. But with Calipari leaving Kentucky for Arkansas, the five-star recruits have either left with him or re-opened their recruitments. Travis Perry, a four-star recruit from Eddyville Ky., confirmed he’s sticking with his commitment to Kentucky basketball. Perry is the state’s all-time leading scorer with 5,481 points and was named Kentucky Mr. Basketball last year.

New head coach Mark Pope has a difficult challenge in pulling in top Kentucky basketball recruits and college basketball transfer portal players this late into the process, but Kentucky basketball fans expect nothing but success from the Wildcats annually. If you love the Wildcats, or just want the latest roster updates and college basketball transfer portal news, be sure to see what the proven team of insiders are saying at CatsPause, the 247Sports affiliate that covers Kentucky.

The team of insiders at are providing up-to-the-minute scoop on the latest intel surrounding the Kentucky basketball coaching transition and roster changes. CatsPause has built a solid reputation over its 20+ years covering the Wildcats, and has deep-rooted sources inside and around the Kentucky athletic department. And right now, CatsPause is offering 50% off the first year of an annual subscriptions*, so now is the time to sign up.

The team at CatsPause has full coverage of who is coming and who is going on the Kentucky basketball roster. Head to CatsPause now to see all the insider info.

Kentucky basketball roster departures 

Kentucky has officially lost Joey Hart, a 6-foot-5 guard who entered the transfer portal after last season. Hart was a finalist for Indiana’s Mr. Basketball in his senior season and has transferred back to his home state, playing for Ball State University. Hart only appeared in seven games as a freshman at Kentucky, but could have seen an expanded role with the totally revamped roster at Kentucky.

Reed Sheppard, the reigning SEC Rookie of the Year, highlights the four Kentucky basketball players who have declared for the 2024 NBA Draft. Ugonna Onyenso, Rob Dillingham and Justin Edwards have also declared. Antonio Reeves, the team’s leading scorer, is out of eligibility and will also go pro. Pope hasn’t had any time to ease into returning to his alma mater as he continues to try to fill Kentucky’s roster for a program with lofty expectations every season. Kentucky has made the NCAA Tournament the last three seasons and 29 of the last 33 years and those expectations won’t change for fans with Pope taking over. Join CatsPause to see the latest on all of Kentucky’s roster changes

Kentucky basketball news, roster

Kentucky already made a big splash in the transfer portal by bringing in England native Amari Williams after playing four years at Drexel. The Wildcats appear interested in adding another European big man in Great Osobor. Osobor, a 6-foot-8, 250-pound forward, played for Utah State last year and has visited Kentucky. Osobor, who averaged 17.7 points and nine rebounds last season, is also from England, so the chance to play with another star English player could be appealing to him.

Osobor is one of the most coveted players in the transfer portal and would provide a huge lift for Kentucky. If Osobor signs, he’ll play a huge role in a blue blood program, which could allure him to sign with Kentucky. The 2024-25 Kentucky men’s basketball roster is slowly coming along, but bringing in Osobor would show the making of a starting lineup coming together for the 2024-25 Wildcats. Join CatsPause to get the latest on all of Kentucky’s roster additions

How to get insider Kentucky basketball roster updates

Pope could also be bringing at least one big-time BYU player with him, so be sure to join CatsPause to see who that is and get the rest of the insider roster news

Who are the top names Kentucky basketball is pursuing under coach Mark Pope, and what former BYU player could land in Lexington? Go to CatsPause to see their insider information, all from a team of reporters with years of experience covering the Wildcats, and find out. And reminder, CatsPause is offering 50% off the first year of an annual VIP membership*, so subscribe now before it’s too late.

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