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

There are many changes in Lexington as the Kentucky Wildcats basketball roster goes through a major overhaul. The biggest change is the departure of longtime coach John Calipari, who led the Wildcats to an NCAA Tournament title in 2012. Calipari left to coach the Arkansas Razorbacks, and now Kentucky alumni and former BYU coach Mark Pope will be in charge of turning the Wildcats around. Pope is already having a busy offseason as multiple players from last year’s Kentucky basketball roster will not be with the team next season.

Whether he finds top Kentucky basketball recruits to fill in holes or relies heavily on the college basketball transfer portal, Pope’s Kentucky basketball lineup will look quite different from the one Calipari had last season. 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 

No sooner had Calipari departed Kentucky that a number of Wildcats from last year’s roster were on the move as well. Aaron Bradshaw was the first to commit to a new team when he joined the Ohio State Buckeyes, while Zvonimir Ivisic became the first player from last season to follow Calipari to Arkansas. Calipari is also reportedly encouraging Bradshaw’s high school teammate, D.J. Wagner, to join the Razorbacks.

The transfer portal isn’t the only reason the Wildcats roster will look different next season. Antonio Reeves and Tre Mitchell, who were two of Kentucky’s top scorers last season, are both graduating. Meanwhile, Justin Edwards, Rob Dillingham and Ugonna Onyenso have all declared for the 2024 NBA Draft. There is also movement within the recruiting class, so Pope’s roster is clearly far from solidified for the 2024-25 season. Join CatsPause to see the latest on all of Kentucky’s roster changes

Kentucky basketball news, roster

Pope kicked his roster rebuild off with a bang, when he quickly landed a pair of highly coveted players in the spring Transfer Portal. He landed former Oklahoma State center Brandon Garrison, who was ranked as a five-star prospect in the Class of 2023, to get things started. The 6-foot-11, 245-pound big man averaged 7.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game during his freshman season, and will give the Wildcats a physically imposing presence in the paint.

More recently, the Wildcats landed former San Diego State point guard Lamont Butler Jr.. Butler is experienced and talented, and was a key piece in San Diego State’s run to the national championship game in the 2023 NCAA Tournament. The 6-foot-2 point guard has career averages of 7.7 points, 2.6 assists, and 2.2 rebounds per game. 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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