After 15 seasons of coaching continuity, the Kentucky Wildcats will have a new, but familiar, face leading the program. Longtime coach John Calipari departed for Arkansas following the NCAA Tournament, and the Wildcats hired Mark Pope away from BYU to be his replacement. Pope was a standout guard on UK’s 1996 national championship team and will bring an up-tempo, offensive-minded brand of basketball back to his alma mater. Pope was faced with the unenviable task of having to build a completely new Kentucky basketball roster after taking the job.

Every scholarship player from last year’s Kentucky basketball team transferred or graduated, leaving Pope and his staff with 13 scholarships to fill, mainly through the Transfer Portal. There is still work to be done, and the staff is already set to host a highly touted five-star Class of 2025 prospect this week. If you love the Wildcats, or just want the latest roster updates and college basketball transfer portal news, be sure to see what the proven team of insiders are saying at CatsPause, the 247Sports affiliate that covers Kentucky.

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Kentucky basketball roster departures 

Pope had to hit the ground running when he was named Kentucky’s new head coach since several members of last year’s Kentucky basketball roster have departed Lexington. Forward Zvonimir Ivisic is the first player to follow Calipari to Arkansas, and guard/small forward Adou Thiero followed after playing his past two seasons with Coach Cal. Aaron Bradshaw joined Ohio State, and guard Joey Hart will be on the Ball State roster next season. Point guard D.J. Wagner will follow Calipari to Arkansas.

Justin Edwards, Rob Dillingham and Ugonna Onyenso have all made the final decision to declare for the Draft. Kentucky will also be without top scorers Tre Mitchell and Antonio Reeves next season since both players graduated. Join CatsPause to see the latest on all of Kentucky’s roster changes

Kentucky basketball news, roster

With eight national championships, 17 Final Four appearances, 33 conference tournament titles, and 53 regular season conference titles, the Kentucky Wildcats are without a doubt one of the most successful programs in the history of college basketball. It should come as no surprise that Pope and his staff have landed the No. 4 transfer class in the country, according to 247Sports. Kentucky has landed nine total transfers, with eight of them being rated as four-star prospects.

Headlining the group is former Oklahoma State center Brandon Garrison, former Oklahoma small forward Otega Oweh, and former San Diego State guard Lamont Butler Jr.. Garrison was a five-star prospect in the 2023 class, and averaged 7.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game in his lone season in Stillwater. Oweh played two seasons for the Sooners, and is coming off a season where he averaged 11.4 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Butler was a key contributor on SDSU’s run to the national championship game in the 2023 NCAA Tournament. Join CatsPause to get the latest on all of Kentucky’s roster additions

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Pope could also be bringing at least one big-time BYU player with him, so be sure to join CatsPause to see who that is and get the rest of the insider roster news

Who are the top names Kentucky basketball is pursuing under coach Mark Pope, and what former BYU player could land in Lexington? Go to CatsPause to see their insider information, all from a team of reporters with years of experience covering the Wildcats, and find out. And reminder, CatsPause is offering 50% off the first year of an annual VIP membership*, so subscribe now before it’s too late.

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