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Mar 10, 2023; Nashville, TN, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari directs his team against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the second half at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 10, 2023; Nashville, TN, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari directs his team against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the second half at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports /
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Longshot transfer targets for Kentucky Basketball

Most of the attention in the portal has been on the frontcourt but the Wildcats did reach out to Andrew Taylor, one of the top available transfer guards. He averaged 20.2 ppg at Marshall and is originally from Corbin, Kentucky. It made sense why Kentucky tried but in the end, Taylor ended up going to a fellow SEC program, Mississippi State.

One player that was connected to the program that entered the portal late was Adrame Diongue, a former top-60 prospect that as a freshman, averaged 1.3 ppg and 1.8 rpg in a few minutes off the bench. He’s a 7’0 and 200-pound center that in extremely limited minutes, showed the ability to be a good rebounder and shot-blocker, as well as foul-prone.

Before he picked Washington State, Diongue was being recruited by the likes of Kentucky, Kansas, and Texas Tech. There are plenty of big men available but the Wildcats may be able to offer him a better role than he had at the Cougars and over time, develop into a legit pro prospect.

The last “longshot” that Kentucky is connected to is Grant Nelson, the transfer from North Dakota State that averaged 18 ppg and 9.0 rpg. The Wildcats were one of many teams that reached out after he entered the portal and if Nelson returns from the NBA Draft process, expect them to make a move.