The Kentucky Wildcats’ entire coaching staff has reached out to Johni Broome, according to 247 Sports reporter Travis Branham. Rivals reporter David Sisk adds that Kentucky wants Broome to visit Lexington.
Johni Broome confirmed with me via text this morning that the entire Kentucky coaching staff has reached out. They want him to visit, and it is one he will definitely consider. @KentuckyRivals— David Sisk (@CoachDavidSisk) April 5, 2022
This is a pretty good indicator that UK is very interested in Broome and may already consider him a take in terms of adding him to next season’s roster.
You do have to wonder what this means for Oscar Tshiebwe. Is this a sign that UK thinks the National Player of the Year is planning to go pro? Is the Kentucky staff just doing its due diligence with arguably the best big man in the transfer portal?
Dare we ask, does John Calipari actually think he could play Tshiebwe and Broome together?
It’s transfer portal season across the college basketball landscape, and a big name entered the mix earlier this morning. The question now becomes will John Calipari come calling?
Morehead State star forward, Johni Broome, entered his name into the portal this morning, and immediately becomes one of the best transfers available at this point in the process.
This news comes a few days after Broome announced he would be entering the NBA Draft, while still maintaining his collegiate eligibility.
The 6-foot-10 forward has played his last two seasons at Morehead State, and rose to stardom this season for the Eagles.
He appeared in 34 games this season, averaging 16.8 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 3.9 blocks. Broome was named the OVC Defensive Player of the Year, while also being named to the First Team All-OVC.
With the draft decision of Oscar Tshiebwe still up in the air, it would not be a shock to see the Kentucky coaching staff eventually reach out, thought it all depends on roster decisions.
KSR’s Matt Jones thinks that depending on the situation, Broome could ultimately become a Cat.
Depending on who decides to return for Kentucky, could end up a Cat https://t.co/MGpShiBLm0— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) April 4, 2022
That would almost certainly involve Oscar going pro. It would be hard to have a frontcourt with Broome and Oscar playing together in it. There’s also the possibility that Jacob Toppin and Keion Brooks both return, leading to a very crowded frontcourt that Broome would not want to risk getting lost in the shuffle in.
The waiting game now begins. Not only for the decisions for Oscar and Shaedon Sharpe, but also add Broome to the mix of players Kentucky fans will be keeping close tabs on.
For what it’s worth, Kentucky is not among the initial schools to reach out, but that could change soon depending on when Oscar’s NBA Draft decision is revealed.