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Former Cat Adou Thiero joins former coach John Calipari in Arkansas

Isaiah Pinto
Kentucky guard Adou Thiero (3) watches a shot during the Kentucky vs. Marshall men’s basketball game on Friday, Nov. 24, 2023, at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Isaiah Pinto | Staff

Kentucky’s first player from the 2023-24 team to hit the transfer portal has found his team as former Wildcat Adou Thiero opted to follow his former head coach John Calipari to Arkansas.

Thiero’s decision was made public on Monday after the sophomore entered the portal before the NCAA Tournament had even concluded following UK’s stunning first round loss to Oakland.

Kentucky guard Adou Thiero (3) drives with the ball during the Kentucky vs Vanderbilt mens basketball game on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024, at Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville, Tennessee. Kentucky won 109-77. Photo by Samuel Colmar | Staff (Samuel Colmar)

Thiero was not a major player his freshman year, though he did see the court plenty, averaging just 2.3 points per game in 20 appearances.

Putting on muscle in the offseason, year two was where Thiero truly shined, improving his average up to 7.2 points per game but, more importantly, he used his physicality on an otherwise not-very-physical team to average five rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game.

While he battled some injury issues as a sophomore, Thiero started 19 out of 25 games he appeared in. He played seven minutes in Kentucky’s NCAA Tournament loss to Oakland, scoring two points with one assist.

On Saturday, March 30, Thiero posted a formal statement on Instagram declaring that he would test the waters of the NBA Draft while keeping his options open.

In going to Arkansas, Thiero will reunite with former teammates Zvonimir Ivišić and join former incoming Kentucky recruits Billy Richmond, Karter Knox and Boogie Fland.

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