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Wednesday Headlines: Transfer Portal Madness

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Things are starting to heat up in the portal.

New Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Pope didn’t take long to make a splash. Just two days after his massive press conference, he secured a former Utah Gatorade High School Player of the Year in Collin Chandler.

Chandler was in the class of 2022, and he was already committed to Pope at BYU, but he took a couple of years off to go into mission work. It is an admirable decision, but now, he’s ready to get back to hoops. He’s 20 years old and looks like a great fit for Pope’s offense.

There were multiple reports about other players the Cats are interested in, but some reporters like Matt Jones aren’t disclosing names just yet, though he did offer this interesting prediction:

One confirmed player that was mentioned is Andrej Stojakovic, son of former NBA player Peja Stojaković. The Cats have reached out, but it’s unclear how serious of a suitor they are.

I’m sure by this time next week, we’ll have a much better idea of what the Cats will look like next year.

Kentucky Football did have a couple of players hit the portal after the conclusion of spring football, the biggest being wide receiver Raymond Cottrell. If you remember, he transferred to the Cats earlier this offseason from Texas A&M. He’s a former 4-star recruit.

Elsewhere in the state, the Louisville Cardinals had six players enter the transfer portal when it opened. Here’s a list of those players and a breakdown of who they are.

One of their bigger ones was running back Peny Boone. He had 1,400 yards and 15 touchdowns last season with Toledo, so that one stings.

What will happen today in the transfer portal?

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Headlines:

Ryan(s) Report: Ryan Waldschmidt, Ryan Nicholson Pace No. 3 Kentucky – UK Athletics

Ryan Waldschmidt drove in six runs, hometown kid Ryan Nicholson drove in three more, and No. 3 Kentucky beat Louisville 17-13.

Kentucky “will be involved” with Duke transfer Jeremy Roach – KSR

Roach is a big-time player. Could the Cats land him?

Wildcats Lead Country with 22 in 2024 NBA Playoffs – UK Athletics

Kentucky represented on 13 of this year’s teams in the NBA Playoffs.

Kentucky Contacts Dayton Transfer Koby Brea – KSR

Would be a great get for any program.

Kentucky WR Raymond Cottrell to re-enter transfer portal – Cats Pause

Cottrell transferred to Kentucky from Texas A&M in December.

JUCO Offensive Lineman Anfernee Crease Transfers to Kentucky Football – UK Athletics

He will have three seasons of eligibility remaining.

Coaching staff, NIL, Facilities? The latest on Mark Pope’s rebuild at Kentucky – KSR

The start of an era.

Another Kentucky men’s basketball signee decommits from the Cats’ 2024 recruiting class – Herald Leader

Not surprised, but this one stings the most for me.

NCAA transfer portal 2024: Live updates, college football transfer tracker powered by 247 Sports for spring – CBS Sports

Who knows, there might be another Kentucky player on here by the time you read this.

Sources: Bucks preparing to be without Giannis Antetokounmpo – ESPN

Hopefully, Giannis will be ok soon.

Caitlin Clark is worth millions. Why will she only make $76,535 as a WNBA rookie? – Yahoo Sports

No one deserves special treatment, but come on, Caitlin Clark deserves much more than this.

Team USA basketball roster set for 2024 Olympics as Kawhi Leonard reportedly rounds out star-studded group – CBS Sports

An insane lineup for Gold.

Michigan given three-year probation, recruiting penalties by NCAA for football violations – Yahoo Sports

Is anyone still surprised that Jim Harbaugh left Michigan?

Rory McIlroy says LIV Golf rumors are false: ‘I’ll play the PGA Tour for the rest of my career’ – NBC Sports

LIV trying to get another one!