Grady is a graduate transfer, so he will be immediately eligible for the upcoming season, and he brings exactly what Kentucky needs.
At 6-5, Grady is someone that can fill it up on the offensive end of the floor. He averaged 17.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.4 assists this past season while shooting 47% from the field. The stat that Kentucky fans will enjoy is that he also shot 38.2% from three-point range.
Kentucky fans have seen Grady before in the 2018 NCAA Tournament when Grady had 16 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal in a 78-73 loss to Kentucky in the Round of 64.
This is a massive pickup for John Calipari and his staff as they look to bounce back in 2021-22 after a rough season.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the news:
.@KellanGrady31 has established himself as one of the best players in the country. His size, his skills, his scoring ability and his playmaking ability speak volumes to the player that he is. https://t.co/WNpwlsVSvF— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) March 29, 2021
.@KellanGrady31's consistency – his scoring, his ability to share the ball and his defense – is part of what makes him special. We're ecstatic to have him join a team that was close last season but needed what he gives us to get over to the top.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) March 29, 2021
Welcome to #LaFamilia, Kellan!
Transfer Portal Spotlight— Transfer Portal for Playing Time (@TP4PT) March 26, 2021
1 Year of Eligibility Remaining
17.1 PPG, 5 RPG, 2 APG, 1 SPG
3x All-A-10, 2021 All-A-10 Tourney
113 Career Starts, 2002 Career Points.#TP4PT #transferportal pic.twitter.com/OhKIBpQyOo
Kellan Grady starts to move the needle for Kentucky next year. Synergy ranks in top 88% of all players nationally (1.042 PPP). Excellent spot up shooter who can run pick & roll and score in transition. Solid defender.— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) March 29, 2021
What a massive transfer— The Kentucky Logo (@TheKentuckyLogo) March 29, 2021
I said the other day on Kentucky Daily that Kellan Grady would be priority number one for me in the portal. A big time scorer that can shoot the basketball.— Shawn Smith (@gbbcountry) March 29, 2021
Weird that Cal is recruiting top transfers to UK just for him to leave for Texas!— T.J. Walker (@TJWalkerRadio) March 29, 2021
BREAKING: Davidson transfer Kellan Grady has decided to go to Kentucky, he told @stadium. Averaged at least 17 points per game in all four years and shot 37 percent from 3 overall in his college career.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) March 29, 2021
Will provide an experienced guard who can score the ball.
AND an hourglass emoji from Jai Lucas?!?!?! The Cats are so back. https://t.co/iSU8LRH4ET— Nick Roush (@RoushKSR) March 29, 2021
Check out these career numbers from Grady. It doesn't get more consistent than this. You know exactly who and what you're getting. pic.twitter.com/pt3SlUGCLx— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) March 29, 2021
Newest Wildcat Kellan Grady:— TheCatsPause247 (@TheCatsPause247) March 29, 2021
"I’m very excited to be a Wildcat again and play for Coach Calipari at the University of Kentucky. It is a tremendous opportunity to compete at the highest level and pursue my dreams. I’m grateful for the opportunity and eager to get to work."
Kentucky has landed a legitimate scorer in Davidson's Kellan Grady. 2,000 point scorers who have started 122 games aren't exactly easy to find. https://t.co/Kh298LHwZ1— Eric Bossi (@ebosshoops) March 29, 2021
Took a long nap and woke up to the Kellan Grady news. Wow.— HANGMAN TUCKY (@SportsHangman) March 29, 2021
Kellan Grady was a former 4 star recruit(highest ever in Davidson school history) and averaged 17 ppg over four seasons while consistently being the top guard in that conference. 38% 3 pt shooter— BEEZY (@Burke_Franklin_) March 29, 2021
Step off the ledge folks, Cal knows what he’s doing.
As a freshman, Kellan Grady scored 16 points in Davidson's 78-73 loss to Kentucky in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament.— Chris Fisher (@ChrisFisher247) March 29, 2021
Kellan Grady has scored over 2,000 points at Davidson and made 245 threes— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) March 29, 2021
HUGE get for the Cats!!!
Kellan Grady stands to be the first player ever to get a great education AND be a one and done at Kentucky.— John Burns - CCEBA (@CcebaCounsel) March 29, 2021
Go get 'em young man. #TCC
Think I have some quick thoughts on Kellan Grady to Kentucky coming later with @KyleTucker_ATH. In short, it’s a super smart addition for them to get a veteran shooter like him. And it’ll give Grady every opportunity to prove the things scouts are looking for from his perspective— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) March 29, 2021
Bring me a backcourt of Mintz and Kellan Grady please!— John Ramey (@johnramey09) March 29, 2021
Adding 6’5” Guard Kellan Grady from Davidson is a HUGE get for Coach Calipari and the staff. Grady has averaged 17.4 ppg for his career on 47.2%/36.6%/76.2% splits. Over 2 makes per game. Former Top 100 recruit too so this isn’t your “typical” Davidson transfer. Great news!— Brandon Ramsey (@BRamseyKSR) March 29, 2021
This pic from March 2018 when Kentucky and Davidson played has a whole new meaning. pic.twitter.com/shdu2xydH3— Tyler Thompson (@MrsTylerKSR) March 29, 2021
Here are Grady's three games against major conference opponents in '20-21...— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) March 29, 2021
NCSU: 12 pts (4/12 FG), 4 asst, 3 rb
Vandy: 19 pts (6/13 FG, 4/8 3pt), 5 rbs, 2 asst
Texas: 14 pts (5/10 FG), 4 rbs
a 3-point shooter from Davidson, you say? pic.twitter.com/D6r2xp4TlY— Drew Franklin (@DrewFranklinKSR) March 29, 2021
Will have much more on Kellan Grady to Kentucky, but here's the quick-hitter on that news.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) March 29, 2021
UK's roster had 4,800 minutes of college experience entering this season. Grady has 4,100 minutes himself. Just a huge veteran addition: https://t.co/AKBW7qrFVY
Listen, clearly John Calipari doesn't get a pass for last season. But lets also acknowledge that he very clearly saw the shortcomings in last years team - notably shooting and skill, as opposed to athleticism- and vowed to change it. This is a GREAT start— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) March 29, 2021
Let’s take a live look inside the Joe Craft Center:— wildcatcorey (@WILDCATCOREY) March 29, 2021
John Calipari at his desk pic.twitter.com/B3oyu18VKb
Kentucky announces @KellanGrady31 has signed with the Cats as a grad transfer from Davidson.— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 29, 2021
Grady scored 16pts vs. @KentuckyMBB during #MarchMadness as a freshman in 2018! #BBN pic.twitter.com/4eT03YQm2A
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