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Brennan Canada joins UK as walk-on

UK adds a Bluegrass star to the roster.

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The Kentucky Wildcats have a new walk-on, as they’ve added Brennan Canada out of George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester, Kentucky.

Canada, a 6-7 forward, was an All-10th Region First Team selection this past season after averaging 15.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per game as a senior. He averaged double-figure scoring in each of his last three seasons and totaled 1,371 points and 776 rebounds during his high school career.

“I’m excited to be joining the team,” Canada said in a press release. “It’s always been a dream of mine to wear a Kentucky jersey. I look forward to getting to work and chasing my dreams as a part of the Big Blue Nation.”

Canada is listed as a stretch four who can play both inside and outside. He also played on the MATTS Mustangs, the same AAU team that Dontaie Allen played for.

“Brennan had opportunities to play other places but wanted to be here and be a part of this,” John Calipari said. “Anytime we can add a player from our state who can come in and help our program, I’m always for it. Brennan knows what we expect of our walk-ons. We know he will be great teammate and a valuable addition to our team. We are excited to have him join this program.”

Canada was a two-year captain for George Rogers Clark, where he posted 13 double-doubles in 2018-19 and made the 10th Regional All-Tournament Team. He was a three-time All-District Team selection and a three-time All-District Tournament Team pick.

As of now, Kentucky has only Nate Sestina as a true frontcourt player locked in for next season, though Keion Brooks and Kahlil Whitney could play there some in smaller lineups, while Nick Richards and EJ Montgomery are testing the NBA Draft waters. That’s why adding another forward like Clark was a good move by Kentucky, as it gives them another body in practice who could develop into a role player down the road.