A week ago, the Kentucky Wildcats were potentially down to just eight scholarship players on its roster for next season. Those players would consist of six freshman and two sophomores — the youngest team in John Calipari history.
Despite having just one player projected as a first-round pick, momentum was growing that Kentucky could lose five players — Tyrese Maxey, Ashton Hagans, Nick Richards, EJ Montgomery and Immanuel Quickley — to the NBA Draft.
Well, after securing Creighton’s veteran guard Davion Mintz in the transfer portal, while Purdue transfer Matt Haarms is trending toward Kentucky, things are starting to look a lot different.
In fact, Mintz is extremely confident that the Cats aren’t done in terms of adding to next year’s team, as reported by Kyle Tucker of The Athletic.
Whether it be Haarms, Montgomery, both or someone else, “I know for sure we’ll get some good guys, players who will fill that role,” Mintz said with a sly laugh. “Absolutely. I know that. I have faith that’s going to happen.”
In just a matter of a few days, all the worries that BBN was feeling about the 2020-2021 season are starting to die down.
Whether it’s keeping Montgomery, adding Haarms, or even both, next year’s team is going to have the experience it needs to make a deep run with the fresh talent coming in.
If it’s both, well, that opens up a new door to countless possibilities. There would be 11 scholarship players that includes two seniors, one junior, two sophomores, and six freshman.
Getting excited yet?
Of course, time will tell whether or not Mintz’s confidence is proven to be true or if it’s just smoke in the air. Either way, adding a veteran guard like Mintz is going to help these young guys with the transition and it will give Coach Cal a leader on and off the court.