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Kentucky native Mason Faulkner commits to Colorado

The all-conference guard will likely replace McKinley Wright IV.

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Now that everyone in college basketball can freely transfer one time, the transfer portal is exploding with multiple impact players entering it every day.

As that occurs, the Kentucky Wildcats keep finding new potential targets each day. One of the earliest transfers Kentucky reached out to once the offseason began was Western Carolina grad transfer Mason Faulkner.

However, Faulkner is now off the board, as he just committed to the Colorado Buffaloes.

A Glasgow (KY) native, Faulkner was an All-Southern Conference Third Team selection after averaging 16.3 points, 5.5 rebound and 4.8 assists per game this past season. He scored in double-figures 19 times, including eight 20+ point outings.

The 6-1, 190-pound point guard played at Caverna High School in Horse Cave (KY) and began his career at Northern Kentucky as a 2016 class recruit. He had to redshirt when he came to Western Carolina in 2018, so he’ll be a sixth-year player next season.

Interestingly, there have been rumors current Colorado point guard McKinley Wright IV could enter the transfer portal and/or enter the NBA Draft. The Athletic’s Kyle Tucker even mentioned Wright as a potential Kentucky target if he enters the portal.

Seeing as how the Buffaloes just landed a veteran transfer point, one could surmise it’s another sign Wright won’t be back next season.

If Wright were to enter the portal, he’d instantly become one of the 2-3 top available transfers and could shoot up to the No. 1 spot on Kentucky’s big board.

So while Kentucky obviously isn’t getting Faulkner, perhaps this is a sign of bigger news coming soon.

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