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.
On3’s Joe Tipton broke the news first.
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.
NEWS: Kansas transfer Zuby Ejiofor has committed to St. John’s, he tells @On3sports.— Joe Tipton (@TiptonEdits) May 15, 2023
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Kansas Jayhawks transfer big Zuby Ejiofor is saving one of his official visits for the Kentucky Wildcats, and would like to visit, but that hinges on if Oscar Tshiebwe returns to Lexington or not.
Ejiofor has four official visits scheduled so far - Villanova, St. John’s, TCU, and San Diego State.
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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