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Jordan Burks enters transfer portal, leaves Kentucky with no returning scholarship players

Travis Fannon
Kentucky guards Reed Sheppard (15) and Jordan Burks (23) high-five during the No. 12 Kentucky vs. No. 8 Miami mens basketball game on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023, at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 95-73. Photo by Travis Fannon | Staff

Kentucky freshman Jordan Burks entered his name into the transfer portal on Friday, becoming the final scholarship player on Kentucky’s roster to depart the program following John Calipari’s departure.

The news was made public by Jamie Shaw of On3.

A former three-star recruit out of Arizona, Burks was unable to carve out the role he would have liked on the Cats’ roster after being forced to play big with all three seven footers facing injuries or eligibility concerns.

Shifting back into his traditional role when they returned, Burks saw his minutes decrease over the course of the season.

His zenith would come on February 6 on the road against Vanderbilt when he dropped 13 points. The game would go down as his only double-digit scoring game of the season.

When the dust had settled, Burks averaged 1.9 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game.

While a return to Lexington to play for new head coach Mark Pope is possible, it’s likely Burks will finish his collegiate career elsewhere.

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