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Pinson is hearing from several SEC programs.

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky at Missouri Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Yet another transfer target has emerged for the Kentucky Wildcats, and this one comes from within the SEC.

According to Nike EYBL program Mac Irvin Fire, Kentucky has reached out to Missouri Tigers guard Xavier Pinson. If that program sounds familiar, it’s the same AAU team former Wildcats forward Kahlil Whitney played for.

Pinson, a Chicago native who played with Mac Irvin as a high school recruit, just entered the transfer portal on Tuesday, so Kentucky wasted little time in reaching out to the graduate transfer.

As a junior this past season, Pinson averaged 13.6 points per game on 38.6% shooting. While not great, almost half of Pinson’s shot attempts were from three-point range, where he shot 33.6% for the season. He also chipped in 2.7 boards, 2.9 assists and 1.1 steals per game.

Over the last two seasons, Pinson recorded nine games of 20+ points, including a 36-point effort in an overtime win over TCU this past season.

Pinson is currently ranked as the seventh-best transfer available via 247 Sports.

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