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Justin Powell to Tennessee

The Auburn transfer once looked like a near-lock to Kentucky.

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Justin Powell has officially committed to the Tennessee Volunteers.

And that’s a wrap.

The transfer portal has been the talk of college basketball so far as the offseason has started for most teams, and one Kentucky Wildcats target seems to be trending elsewhere.

Matt Jones of KSR is reporting former North Oldham star, Justin Powell, is trending towards calling the University of Tennessee his new home.

Powell was one of (if not the) first big-time transfer to hit the portal this offseason. When this decision was made, rumors of his imminent commitment to Kentucky started to circle across the fanbase especially with the obvious need for a shooter on next seasons roster. Not to mention him being from Kentucky played a huge part in it as well.

Powell last season in ten games for Auburn averaged 11.7 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 4.7 assists.

This move is probably connected with the new addition of Kellan Grady to Kentucky’s roster for next season, along with Kentucky’s rumored pursuit of adding another point guard. With both players having similar strengths and playing styles, one could assume that with the addition of Grady, it ultimately through a wrench in the plans of Powell ever ending up at Kentucky.

Fans should still expect that John Calipari and his staff will be adding another backcourt piece to next seasons roster. Even with Powell possibly off the board for Kentucky, they do still have several options available to them in the transfer portal currently.

However it does seem that they could be waiting for all options to come available before they take any other commitments for next season.

Buckle up folks, with names hitting the portal everyday this should be a busy offseason.