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The college basketball transfer portal isn’t a place for the faint of heart and new Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Pope knew coming into Lexington that he would have his work cut out. The entire Kentucky basketball roster either entered the transfer portal, left for the NBA Draft or exhausted their eligibility, leaving Pope with the task of overhauling the entire team. However, he quickly went to work and the Wildcats have already secured seven commitments in the transfer portal. Former Arizona and West Virginia guard Kerr Kriisa became the latest player to pledge his commitment to Kentucky after he announced his intention to join the Wildcats on May 1. Who else is Pope targeting in the transfer portal and can he still add Kentucky basketball recruits to help round out this roster? 

Where will Pope turn to build his 2024-25 Kentucky basketball roster and Kentucky basketball recruiting class? 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 

The 2024-25 Kentucky basketball roster is quickly starting to take shape, as Pope landed another key player earlier this week. San Diego State transfer Lamont Butler, the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year last season, committed to Kentucky as one of the top players from the college basketball transfer portal. He averaged 9.3 points, 3.0 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 27.6 minutes per game and has played in 11 career NCAA Tournament games.

Kentucky’s defense is already looking like a strength, as three-time CAA Defensive Player of the Year Amari Williams also committed earlier this month. He averaged 12.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.8 blocks per game for Drexel last season. Pope also has a pair of recruits committed in Travis Perry and Collin Chandler and is hosting multiple visitors in the coming days. Join CatsPause to see the latest on all of Kentucky’s roster changes

Kentucky basketball news, roster

Since being hired just over three weeks ago, Pope has worked the transfer portal relentlessly to bring over experienced players that can help him hit the ground running. Pope received his first transfer portal commitment on April 21 when Drexel forward Amari Williams announced that he would be coming to Kentucky. Williams averaged 12.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game for the Dragons last season.

Over the next week, the Wildcats added commitment from Andrew Carr, Otega Oweh and Lamont Butler Jr., who were all starters for their respective programs last season. The following week he’d go on to add commitments from Kriisa, Koby Brea and Brandon Garrison, and suddenly the Kentucky basketball roster is starting to take shape. So who else will join Pope for his first season in Kentucky and how can he get all these new pieces to gel quickly enough to ensure that Kentucky can still contend in the SEC? 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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