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In this edition of “As the Transfer Portal Turns”, former Illinois Fighting Illini guard Adam Miller has made his decision, and he will play this upcoming season for the LSU Tigers.

The Kentucky Wildcats were among his finalists. 247 Sports’ Travis Branham broke the news first.

The soon-to-be-sophomore played his freshman season with Brad Underwood and helped his team win the Big Ten Tournament and secure a one seed in the NCAA Tournament before falling to Loyola Chicago in the Round of 32.

Miller averaged 25 minutes and 8.3 points per game with a total of 25 assists for the season. His shooting percentages were so-so at 39% from the field and 34% from the three point line.

Miller was ranked #33 in the country coming out of high school and as the sixth-best point guard overall in 2020. The Illini were guard heavy this season, but Miller was able to carve out a significant amount of playing time even though his production was inconsistent.

Miller became one of the hottest players on the market once he decided to put his name in the portal. David Cobb of CBS Sports had him ranked as the #2 overall available transfer and there is an expectation of him making a significant jump in his second year in college basketball.

The Kentucky Wildcats reached out to Miller early in the process and there seemed to be growing buzz that he would eventually end up in Lexington but it wasn’t meant to be. John Calipari is focusing in on rising recruit TyTy Washington as his next point guard after losing Nolan Hickman on Friday.

While Miller brings the ability to create off the bounce, something the Cats sorely needed last season, his shooting percentages are inconsistent, and Cal has been honing in on guards that shoot a high percentage from deep like grad transfer Kellan Grady.

Either a returning Davion Mintz or a commitment from transfer from CJ Frederick would give Kentucky extra firepower from behind the arch. If Calipari is able to get both then I really think Kentucky is in business.

What are your thoughts on the state of Kentucky’s backcourt?