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Kentucky contacts Kellan Grady, per report

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Kentucky has already had an up-close look at the dynamic scorer.

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It looks like Kentucky has found another transfer target for next season’s roster.

Earlier this week, Davidson Wildcats guard Kellan Grady entered the transfer portal, and Kentucky has made contact in the last 24 hours, according to KSR’s Matt Jones. Cats Illustrated reported the same earlier today.

Grady is entering the portal as a graduate transfer, which means eligibility for next season isn’t much in question.

A four-year starter at Davidson, he’s shown each season how effective he can be as a scoring guard in a fairly solid A-10 conference.

This past season, Grady averaged 17.1 points on 47.1% shooting and 38.2% from behind the arc. He also added 4.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists. He was a First-Team All-A-10 pick this season.

Grady fits the mold that every coach is looking for when recruiting scorers in the pace-and-space era that we have entered into. For his career, Grady has shot 36.2% from three, and has finished with above a 45% field-goal percentage in each of his four seasons as a starter in Davidson.

The Boston (MA) native has shown he is an effective scorer that can fill it up from all three levels, so it’s obvious as to why John Calipari would be interested in adding a guy like Grady to next seasons roster.

Kentucky actually faced Grady in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, as the then-freshman scored 14 points on 4/14 shooting with four boards, two assists and no turnovers in 39 minutes of action as Kentucky held on for a 78-73 over Davidson. Perhaps getting that up-close look is part of why John Calipari and his staff wasted no time in reaching out to Grady once he entered the portal.

It is going to a battle to win this recruitment though, as Grady has immediately become one of the top transfers on the market since entering the portal.

There is no timeline to when Grady would like to make a decision, but one can imagine the importance of being one of the first schools in his ear would likely help out in the end.

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