Due to the NCAA-mandated recruiting hiatus that had been in effect for over a year, most newcomers to Kentucky basketball were forced to choose the UK without being seen, in s’ relying only on Zoom conference calls and virtual tours.
Of the Wildcats’ six new players, five saw campus for the first time as they moved into the Wildcat Coal Lodge over Memorial Day weekend.
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Move-in day therefore also served as an official visit for the three freshmen and the three transfers. Transfer to Iowa CJ Fredrick returned inside the Rupp Arena for the first time since 2018, when he was named Sweet 16 Most Valuable Player after leading Covington Catholic to a state championship in 2018.
“We had a great time [Sunday] at home with our guys and their families, “head coach John calipari tweeted. “To our new parents, I want to thank you for entrusting me and our staff with your sons. No matter how horny you are, it’s never easy to drop your boy off in a new place. We will take great care of them! “is there
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kentucky’s 2020-21 list didn’t arrive in Lexington until the end of June. With extremely limited training and social events, last season’s squad missed a golden opportunity to develop chemistry both on and off the pitch, which proved disastrous for a British side comprising 10 newcomers in all.
This time around, all seven of Kentucky‘s newcomers are already on campus as of June 1, with the exception of graduate transfer Davidson. Kellan Grady, who is expected to arrive in Lexington later this week, as the Wildcats prepare to redeem last season’s 9-16 disaster, the program’s first losing season in over 30 years.
CatsPause.com compiled all the sights and sounds of moving day over the weekend.