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Fifth-year transfer Amari Williams commits to Kentucky men’s basketball

Mark Pope speaks at his introductory press conference as the new head coach of Kentucky men’s basketball on Sunday, April 14, 2024, at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Abbey Cutrer | Staff

Kentucky men’s basketball added its first transfer on Sunday afternoon as Jeff Goodman reported that Drexel’s Amari Williams would be committing to Mark Pope and the Wildcats.

Coming overseas from Nottingham, England, Williams, who is a 6-foot, 10-inch forward, played all four years at Drexel before recently entering the transfer portal to switch things up for his fifth year.

This past season, Williams averaged 12.2 points, 7.8 rebounds (team leading) and 1.9 assists through 32 games. He also led the Dragons in blocks per game with 1.8.

While helping lead the Dragons to a 20-12 overall record, Williams shot 51.7% from the field this past season and 33.3% from beyond the three-point arch.

Before ultimately choosing to be a Wildcat, Williams was also interested in playing at Mississippi State and St. John’s.

He enjoyed a nice visit to Lexington in which he was taken to Keeneland horse track on Saturday before making his decision the following day.

Williams is the second commit to Kentucky following the hire of Pope. Four-star signee to BYU Collin Chandler announced last week he would be following Pope to Lexington.

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