Kentucky Basketball Roundup: Potential Transfer Addition, Transfer Deadline Passes

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky Basketball Roundup: Potential Transfer Addition, Transfer Deadline Passes


Kentucky Basketball Roundup: Potential Transfer Addition, Transfer Deadline Passes


Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Final Four Transfer Visits UK

With Hunter Dickinson heading to Lawrence to play for Bill Self at Kansas, Kentucky is still looking to add to their front court, and they may have found their man in San Diego State transfer Keshad Johnson. 

Johnson, a 6-7, 210-pound big man, spent the last four seasons at SDSU and averaged just under eight points along with five rebounds per game in his senior season. While he started 71 games at San Diego State, he would likely come off the bench at Kentucky behind Ugonna Onyenso and Aaron Bradshaw. 

The former Aztec just visited Kentucky this week and by all accounts, the visit went tremendously well. Coach John Calipari has put the program in a good position to earn a commitment from Johnson. 

Keshad Johnson plans on committing on May 20. He is down to Arizona, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, and USC. Johnson potentially committing to Kentucky should tell fans where the staff believes the minds of Oscar Tshiebwe and Chris Livingston are regarding a return to Lexington. 

Transfer Deadline Passes 

Thursday marked the deadline for players to transfer with immediate eligibility for the 2023-24 season. For Kentucky, this impacts forward Chris Livingston, who entered his name in the NBA Draft while retaining his eligibility. Rumors have been swirling about Livingston and a potential transfer, but that seems to be a moot point now. 

It is now NBA or Kentucky for Livingston, Oscar Tshiebwe and Antonio Reeves. They have until midnight on May 31 to make their decisions. 


Kentucky Reaches Out to Multiple Players in Portal

Should Kentucky earn a commitment from Keshad Johnson, and Antonio Reeves exits the NBA Draft and returns to Kentucky as expected, Kentucky could, for the most part, have their rotation set. 

However, there are more scholarships available and there are scenarios in which Johnson and Reeves aren’t in blue next season, so Calipari needs to continue to reach out to other potential transfers, and that is exactly what he did. 

Isaiah Miranda, a seven-footer from NC State, entered the portal and Kentucky has reached out to him via reports. Kentucky will likely lose Oscar Tshiebwe, Lance Ware, and Daimion Collins this offseason. Even with Aaron Bradshaw, Ugonna Onyenso, and Keshad Johnson, there is room for more developmental depth and that is what Miranda would be. 

Kentucky also reached out to Kentucky native and former Marshall guard Andrew Taylor. This seems like a break glass in case of emergency option in the unlikely scenario that Antonio Reeves remains in the NBA Draft. 

Taylor averaged over 20 points on 36.4% from three a season ago. If Reeves were to leave Kentucky, Andrew Taylor would be a quality replacement with sentimental value for the home state faithful. 


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