Earlier today, Dontaie Allen announced he is entering the transfer portal, the second domino to drop regarding Kentucky’s 2022-23 roster. On Sunday, we learned freshman Daimion Collins will return to Lexington for another season. With more decisions expected in the coming days and Kentucky’s staff already reaching out to players in the transfer portal, KSR is here to help you keep track of Stay-or-Go season. We’ll be updating this list with each development.
- April 24: NBA Early Entry Deadline
- May 1: Transfer Portal deadline (Date by which players must tell their school they’re leaving)
- May 16-22: NBA Draft Combine
- June 1: NCAA “Stay or Go” Deadline
- June 23: 2022 NBA Draft
Daimion Collins (F, Fr.) – On March 20, 247 Sports’ Travis Branham reported that Daimion Collins will return to Kentucky for a sophomore season.
- 2021-22 season: 2.9 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.7 BPG, 7.5 MPG
Dontaie Allen (G, R So.) – Allen announced he was entering the transfer portal on March 24, ending his career at Kentucky. In two seasons, he averaged 3.9 points off 35.8% shooting and 1.4 rebounds in 10.5 minutes per game.
- 2021-22 season: 2.2 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 6.4 MPG
- 2020-21 season: 5.4 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 14.0 MPG
Davion Mintz (G, Gr.) – Mintz used his sixth year of eligibility to return to Kentucky for the 2021-22 season. From here, he will explore professional options.
- 2021-22 season: 8.5 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 1.8 APG, 24.7 MPG
- 2020-21 season: 11.5 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 3.1 APG, 30.7 MPG
Kellan Grady (G, Gr.) – Grady was a grad transfer this season and has no eligibility remaining. Kentucky’s third-leading score will now pursue his professional options.
- 2021-22 season: 11.4 PPG (44.6% FG, 41.7% 3PT FG) , 2.1 RPG, 1.3 APG, 32.9 MPG
Chris Livingston (SF, HS) – The five-star small forward committed to Kentucky on Sept. 15, 2021, and signed on Nov. 11. Livingston plays for Oak Hill Academy, whose season will conclude at the 2022 GEICO Nationals in Florida (March 31-April 2). He is one of three finalists for the 2021-22 Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year award. He and Wallace will represent Kentucky at the McDonald’s All-American Game on March 29 and the Jordan Brand Classic on April 15.
- 2021-22 season (high school): 18.2 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 3.9 APG, 1.9 SPG
Cason Wallace (CG, HS) – The five-star combo guard from Dallas, TX committed to Kentucky on Nov. 10, 2021, and signed on Nov. 11. His high school career at Richardson recently came to an unfortunate end in the Texas state championship quarterfinals, when Richardson fell to McKinney High School 54-52 on a game-winning bucket. He and Wallace will represent Kentucky at the McDonald’s All-American Game on March 29 and the Jordan Brand Classic on April 15.
- 2021-22 season (high school): 19.9 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 6.1 APG
Keion Brooks (F, Jr.) – In his junior season, Brooks was Kentucky’s fourth-leading scorer and started 33 games. He has yet to announce any plans regarding his future.
- 2021-22 season: 10.8 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 24.5 MPG
- 2020-21 season: 10.3 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 23.6 MPG
- 2019-20 season: 4.5 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 15.1 MPG
CJ Fredrick (SG, R. Jr.) – Fredrick underwent surgery to repair a left hamstring injury in November and spent the 2021-22 season rehabbing. By the end of the season, he was occasionally seen shooting threes during Kentucky’s warm-ups.
Bryce Hopkins (F, Fr.) – Hopkins played in 28 of Kentucky’s 34 games this season. His best performance came against LSU when he scored 13 points and pulled down 4 rebounds in 16 minutes to help the Cats beat the Tigers without TyTy Washington or Sahvir Wheeler. He has yet to announce any plans regarding his future.
- 2021-22 season: 2.1 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 6.4 MPG
Shaedon Sharpe (SG, Fr.) – Sharpe enrolled at Kentucky in January. Prior to reclassifying, he was the No. 1 recruit in the 2022 class. When he arrived in Lexington, Sharpe said his plan was to practice with the team this season and play next season. In February, John Calipari ended speculation that Sharpe would play in 2021-22 but doubled down on him being on next year’s squad. On his final radio show of the season, Calipari said he sat down with Sharpe and his family and they decided it would be in his best interest to test the NBA Draft waters to receive feedback, but there has been no official announcement. He is currently No. 6 in ESPN’s latest NBA Mock Draft.
Jacob Toppin (F, Jr.) – Toppin was Kentucky’s seventh man this season, appearing in all but five games. He transferred to Kentucky from Rhode Island in 2020 and received a waiver to play immediately. He has yet to announce any plans regarding his future.
- 2021-22 season: 6.2 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 17.7 MPG
- 2020-21 season: 5.2 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 17.1 MPG
Oscar Tshiebwe (C, Jr.) – Oscar is the frontrunner for National Player of the Year and had a record-setting season in Lexington. He led Kentucky in scoring (17.4), rebounding (15.1), steals (1.8), and blocks (1.6). Oscar is currently projected to be a mid-second-round pick in the NBA Draft by ESPN. His decision is complicated. If he returns to Kentucky and his NIL situation is resolved (he’s currently on a student visa and therefore can’t “work”), he could make more money than he might if he was drafted in the second round; however, that’s a big if given his current situation.
- 2021-22 season: 17.4 PPG, 15.1 RPG, 1.8 SPG, 1.6 BPG, 31.9 MPG
Lance Ware (F, So.) – In his second season at Kentucky, Ware took a backseat to Oscar Tshiebwe in the frontcourt but flourished as the Cats’ enforcer. He has yet to announce any plans regarding his future.
- 2021-22 season: 1.5 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 6.3 MPG
- 2020-21 season: 2.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 12.1 MPG
TyTy Washington (G, Fr.) – TyTy Washington shined in his freshman season in Lexington, even breaking John Wall’s single-season record with 17 assists, but was hampered by a leg injury throughout the second half of the year. Currently, he is projected to go 14th in the NBA Draft by ESPN, but Jonathan Givony notes that his stock is falling after an underwhelming postseason. He has yet to announce any plans regarding his future.
- 2021-22 season: 12.5 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 3.9 APG, 29.2 MPG
Sahvir Wheeler (PG, Jr.) – After transferring in from Georgia, Wheeler became Kentucky’s primary point guard, ranking third in the country in assists (6.9). Like Washington, he missed time due to injuries, initially to his neck vs. LSU and later his wrist at Tennessee. He has yet to announce any plans regarding his future.
- 2021-22 season: 10.1 PPG, 6.9 APG, 2.6 RPG, 31.2 MPG
Transfer Portal Options
Fardaws Aimaq, Utah Valley (C, Gr.) – The WAC Player of the Year entered the transfer portal on March 18. According to 247 Sports’ Travis Branham, Kentucky is among the many programs that have already expressed interest. The 6’11” 245 lbs. center averaged 18.9 points and 13.6 rebounds per game and ranked second in the country in double-doubles behind Oscar Tshiebwe this season. He has two years of eligibility remaining.
- 2021-22 season: 18.9 PPG, 13.6 RPG, 1.7 APG, 1.3 BPG
Trevon Brazile, Missouri (SF, Fr.) – Brazile had a promising freshman season at Missouri, averaging 12.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game over the Tigers’ last five games. He entered the transfer portal on March 22 and has already heard from Kentucky, according to Blake Smith of Recruits Zone.
- 2021-22 season: 6.6 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.9 BPG, 21.5 MPG