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NCAA Basketball Recruiting: Analyzing 8 teams in play for Miami transfer Wooga Poplar

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Kansas Jayhawks

The Jayhawks have had arguably the best offseason in all of NCAA Basketball, landing several top-tier guard transfers and keeping center Hunter Dickinson for another year. Most experts have them as the No. 1 team for the 2024-25 campaign, even after losing former commit, Riley Kugel.

The loss of Kugel opens up another spot, for possibly someone like Poplar. Even with guys like Rylan Griffen and AJ Storr, there’s still a need for a prolific shooter to make sure that they don’t have a true weakness. The risk is that Poplar would have fewer minutes compared to other options but he’d be playing for a surefire title contender.

Kentucky Wildcats

New HC Mark Pope has done a solid job at adding shooters to the roster, including recently, Ansley Almonor from Fairleigh Dickinson. There are still two more spots open and they could use another big guard like Poplar, unless top-40 freshman prospect Collin Chandler is ready to go after a two-year mission away from basketball.

Kentucky does have top shooter Koby Brea on the roster as well as Otega Oweh. On paper, Poplar is more proven at the power conference level and he’s used to playing at the three-spot, the current biggest position of need for the program.