Another blue blood program picked up a big commitment today from the transfer portal, which should continue to make the all-time win race one to watch next season.
Earlier this evening, Jon Rothstein reported that Arizona State transfer Remy Martin will be finishing his collegiate career with the Kansas Jayhawks, so long as he doesn’t remain in the NBA Draft (he’s not projected to be drafted in any service).
STORY: Arizona State transfer Remy Martin tells me that he has committed to Kansas.https://t.co/KCdtx9dXkJ— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 18, 2021
Martin is considered one of the top transfers in the country — ESPN ranks him No. 1 overall among transfers for next season — and he’ll have an immediate impact in Lawrence for Bill Self.
At Arizona State last season, Martin averaged 19.1 points, 3.7 assists and 2.8 rebounds. He also averaged 19.1 ppg as a junior in 2019-20.
It was never reported that Kentucky reached out to Martin, especially with the commitments of TyTy Washington and Sahvir Wheeler in the last six days. Had one of them fallen though, Martin is someone John Calipari would have likely at least contacted.
This is an important commitment to watch for Kentucky, as Martin provides the firepower offensively to help Kansas be a contending team again this season while also keeping the all-time wins race close.
Currently Kentucky hold a four-game lead at 2,327, while Kansas is at 2,323.
After a rough season in Lexington, the Jayhawks closed the gap rather significantly, and if the Cats get off to a rough start next season, they could ultimately hand the crown over.
However, that lead could grow significantly for Kentucky if the NCAA decides to take away some wins for the violations committed within the Kansas program, though that’s far from a lock to happen, especially with how the NCAA has let blue-blood programs skate past violations before.
Still, the Cats have completely revamped their roster this offseason and look poised to have a nice bounceback season.