Noah Locke is a name that is very familiar to Kentucky Wildcats fans, as he has been a guy knocking down shots on the perimeter against the Cats for the last three seasons.
As it was reported last week, he is now in the transfer portal looking for a new home. While he is one of the top backcourt names on the market, it doesn’t appear Kentucky has any interest in him.
Earlier this week, ESPN’s Jeff Borzello reported a host of big-time programs were showing interest in Locke, including North Carolina, Kansas, Louisville, Tennessee, Arkansas, UCLA,, Oregon, Virginia, Illinois and Alabama among others.
Now, Adam Zagoria reports that Locke has scheduled visits with several programs, including the Cardinals, but no Kentucky.
Florida transfer @_NoahLocke has scheduled Zooms with :— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) April 1, 2021
Locke will have two years of eligibility remaining, due to the NCAA giving a free year to all athletes this season. For the Gators this season, Locke averaged 10.6 points on 42.5 percent shooting from the field, and 40.4% from three. He also added 2.4 rebounds.
Locke is a player who has been billed as a knockdown shooter, and that is exactly the type of player Kentucky is looking to add this offseason. He won't draw the type of high rankings as some of the other names we have heard Kentucky be connected to this offseason, but Locke is the type of player that could come in and make an instant impact as an outside scoring threat.
Thankfully, Kentucky did add a player like that this week in the form of Davidson guard Kellan Grady. Had that not happened, perhaps Locke is someone Kentucky would have taken a harder look at.
As it stands, it looks like Kentucky could keep facing Locke if he lands at Louisville, which is the only team he’s scheduled a Zoom meeting with that the Cats face next season.