We knew that John Calipari would likely have to replenish his roster through the transfer market and so we’ve watched as the transfer portal has went to an unprecedented level with a number of very talented college basketball players placing their names in.
One of the more notable ones was Kellan Grady.
The Davidson guard lacked the star appeal of being from a power conference school, but Grady has played under one of the game’s best coaches in Bob McKillop at Davidson and has been one of the best players in the Atlantic 10 since he was a freshman.
And Grady fits the mold of what Kentucky needs on next year’s roster. He has good size at 6’5” and 205 pounds, a solid perimeter shooter (a career 36.5 percent three-point shooter), and the ability to score. He averaged between 17-18 ppg each of his four years and scored a total of 2,002 points at Davidson.
The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie summed up Grady’s commitment to Kentucky like this (paywall):
“Grady is a great fit at Kentucky. The team has a real need for another offensive veteran in the backcourt, particularly one who can space the floor. If John Calipari is serious about shooting more 3s and spacing the floor better on offense, it’s tough to imagine a better fit for them on the market. I know the percentages are merely above average, but keep in mind that Grady took a ton of difficult shots at Davidson as the centerpiece of the offense. Kentucky’s offense, which tends to have its wings fly around off screening actions, should be a great fit for him to get loose for more open shots. He can also handle the ball and create his own shot. I’d anticipate he’ll be a better option than all of Davion Mintz, Devin Askew and Dontaie Allen next year. I don’t think he solves all of Kentucky’s backcourt issues, though.”
But as Vecenie mentions, it’s hard to imagine that this is the only transfer portal acquisition for Kentucky. I doubt this changes things much with Justin Powell, so expect Kentucky to still be firmly in the running for another guard who can hit shots from outside.
Landing Grady is an exciting first step though!
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Just did quick reaction to the Kellen Grady commit to Kentucky on YouTube. After a disastrous season, this is the EXACT kind of player Kentucky needs. And maybe its a sign that John Calipari really is ready to overhaul how he builds his roster https://t.co/07KW3F7mYl— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) March 29, 2021
Big-time get for Kentucky.
We’re starting to see the roster take shape.
Grady comes in as a guy who can make shots with a lot of experience.
Grady isn’t a high flyer, but he is strong, crafty and tough off the dribble. He plays fast without being out of control, gets to his spots, has a good pull-up game and can finish through contact around the rim.
Despite some losses, the defensive line has a lot of talent.
So are we, coach.
Just confirming what we all suspected.