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More positive buzz for UK with Marcus Carr ‘if’ he withdraws from NBA Draft

But the ‘if’ there is rather large.

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Marcus Carr has been the hot name amongst Big Blue Nation for the last month.

Rumors have been going both ways with some analysts thinking the chance of him coming back to college for another season is likely. Others think he is all-in on pursing his professional options.

Whatever the case may be, it continues to look like Kentucky is in a good spot for Carr if he ultimately returns to college.

According to a report from Rivals analyst Rob Cassidy, the Wildcats look like the favorites for Carr if he’s playing college hoops next season.

“Kentucky is busy in the transfer market and the Wildcats are front and center in the pursuit of Carr,” wrote Cassidy. “Michigan, UConn and others are also involved to some extent, but UK seems like the favorite should Carr elect to finish college before testing the NBA Draft waters.”

Elsewhere, 247 Sports analyst Travis Branham told the Courier-Journal he also believes Kentucky is in a good spot for Carr.

“It seems like they’re going to take their time with this,” Branham said. “If he does opt to come back to college, I think Kentucky is going to have a really good chance at pulling him down to Lexington.”

Carr averaged 19.9 points, 4.9 assists and four rebounds for the Golden Gophers as a junior last season, earning First-Team All-Big Ten honors. He’s now testing the NBA Draft waters but also has his name in the transfer portal as he decided to leave Minnesota after the school fired Rick Pitino’s son, Richard.

Even if Carr doesn’t end up at Kentucky, the transfer portal has been filling up with solid point guard targets, so more should emerge in the coming weeks and perhaps months.

On the other side of that, solid options are committing to other schools as well while John Calipari and his staff remain patient.

After the Kellan Grady recruitment, it wouldn’t shock anyone if a press release comes out tomorrow of a new signee, though it also looks like a final decision from Carr isn’t on the horizon.

Whether it is Carr or another player, this process seems like it will take a little time to play out. Buckle in for the ride folks, because this one doesn’t appear to be ending anytime soon.

Saying this, do you think Kentucky should go all-in with its pursuit of Carr, or should John Calipari be focusing on other transfers who are already committed to playing college hoops this fall? Let us know what you think in the comments section!

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