Grady fills a much-needed spot, as he is a shooting guard that can score at a very high level. He averaged 17 points each year at Davidson and shoots 38% from deep, which is something Kentucky was missing last season.
Now, John Calipari needs to go find a point guard, but it appears one of the best available isn’t an option for Kentucky.
On Tuesday, Syracuse guard Kadary Richmond announced that he will be entering the transfer portal. There was even a Syracuse reporter saying Kentucky had already shown interest in Richmond, but it sounds like that won’t amount to anything.
According to Tipton Edits, Kentucky is not among the leaders for Richmond, as the Florida State Seminoles appear to be in the best shape.
Leaders for Syracuse transfer Kadary Richmond, per source:— Tipton Edits (@TiptonEdits) March 31, 2021
Florida State, Oklahoma State, Seton Hall.
My source: “My money is on FSU.”
During his freshman season, Richmond averaged 6.3 points, 3.1 assists, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.6 steals while shooting 45% from the field and 33.3% from three. Keep in mind that he only attempted 21 threes all season knocking down seven of them.
With Richmond seemingly off the board for Kentucky, you have to wonder if John Calipari doesn’t already have someone he feels good about landing. After all, the Kellan Grady commitment came out of nowhere, so perhaps there’s another guard Calipari feels confident about getting that’s not being publicly talked about.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear Justin Powell is that man.
Despite Kentucky seemingly being in the lead for Powell almost as soon as he entered the transfer portal, there hasn’t been much buzz about him in recent weeks.
Now, Lexington Herald-Leader reporter Ben Roberts just gave this not-so-good update on Powell.
Kentucky is still in the mix with him, though the feedback I received earlier this week made it sound like UK is a much less likely landing spot than it seemed a week or two ago. It wouldn’t be surprising if we see him whittle his extensive list of college options down to a few before announcing a final decision.
In addition, Big Blue Express is also saying Powell to Kentucky is looking unlikely now.
A 6-5 guard from North Oldham High School Kentucky, Powell came out of high school as the No. 185 player in the 2020 class, according to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings. He committed to Auburn and had a hot start to the season before suffering a season-ending concussion.
In early March, Powell officially entered the transfer portal, and Kentucky became the instant favorite to land the sharpshooter.
Powell is a Kentucky native, obviously, and he has the exact skill set that has been missing from recent Kentucky teams. He shot better than 44% from behind the three-point line in his time with the Tigers, scoring 11.7 points per game to go with 6.1 rebounds and 4.7 assists.
While it’s a bit disheartening to see Kentucky may be fading with Powell, perhaps it means there are other point guard options out there that John Calipari feels better about. We’re not even into April and yet there have been a wealth of quality options emerge already.
There’s only going to be more emerge in the coming weeks and months, so perhaps Calipari is staying patient as he waits for the near-perfect option to emerge.