Well, so much for that.
After initially planning to visit Kentucky had Oscar Tshiebwe not returned, Kansas transfer Zuby Ejiofor has committed to Rick Pitino and the St. John’s Red Storm.
In the event Oscar Tshiebwe ultimately departs, Kentucky is running out of frontcourt options to replace him with next season, though Ejiofor would have likely been more of a depth piece that played sparingly next season.
Still, you have to wonder who Kentucky could fill the roster with if Tshiebwe isn’t part of it next season.
Also, Pitino has quite the roster he’s assembling after recently landing Jordan Dingle, another transfer with a connection to Kentucky.
According to Jack Pilgrim of KSR, the Wildcats’ coaching staff reached out to Ejiofor when he entered the portal on May 5 to relay the message that if Oscar does not come back, they will go after him.
“(We) will save one for Kentucky,” the source said of the Kansas transfer’s upcoming visit plans. “They said he played great against Kentucky, but unfortunately, he got hurt,” a source told Pilgrim.
Although he managed little playing time this season, Kentucky still plans to go after the big from Garland, Texas, barring Tshiebwe returning.
Ejiofor was a class of 2022 signee for the Jayhawks and was ranked as the No. 47 player in the country per 247 Sports. 247 Sports also has Ejiofor as the No. 101 transfer in the portal.
The interest from both sides is clearly there, strong enough to save an official visit. But, it all comes down to former National Player of the Year and what he decides to do.
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