Life in college basketball consists of a coaching and recruiting carousel.
When John Calipari isn’t working his sideline, he’s out on the road recruiting the nation’s top talent, which now includes the graduate transfer market.
Right now, the expectation is Kentucky will lose Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson to the NBA Draft, though both have left the door open for a return. PJ Washington has declared and is already going through signing tours, so he’s gone for good.
Johnson was proclaimed by many draft analysts as a top-10 talent entering the year, but he’s now being projected in the 15-25 range of mock drafts, as is Herro, who wasn’t even on NBA radars coming into the season. One of them could return, but the safe assumption is they will both be in the NBA next season.
Calipari has already landed a pair of top-10 recruits in Kahlil Whitney and Tyrese Maxey, as well as in-state star Dontaie Allen and five-star forward Keion Brooks. Kentucky also picked up a graduate transfer in former Bucknell forward Nate Sestina.
Then you’ve got Immanuel Quickley and Ashton Hagans announcing their return, while EJ Montgomery, Nick Richards and Jemarl Baker should follow suit.
However, you can never rule out a transfer out of Kentucky, which would make it even more likely Kentucky looks to make multiple additions to the roster for next season.
However, the head coach seems far from being done with the recruiting trail. Guys like Jaden McDaniels and Matthew Hurt remain uncommitted, while RJ Hampton and N’Faly Dante could reclassify from the 2020 class. Then there’s the possibility Kentucky pursues another grad transfer.
Therefore, that leaves the question of how many more players will Calipari land for the 2019-2020 college hoops season (not counting walk-on additions).
How many more scholarship players will Calipari sign for the 2019-20 season?
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