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Agent: Drexel transfers Amari Williams to Kentucky

Drexel transfer Amari Williams has committed to Kentucky, his agent George Langberg of GSL Sports Group told ESPN on Sunday.

Williams chose the Wildcats over Mississippi State, leaving out St. John’s earlier this weekend. He visited Lexington this weekend and Mark Pope was able to complete his first major transfer commitment during the trip. Williams is a three-time CAA Defensive Player of the Year winner and earned CAA first-team honors in each of the past two seasons. He averaged 13.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in the 2022-2023 season and scored 12.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks this past season.

Williams scored eight double-doubles last season, including 12 points and 15 rebounds against West Virginia. He also went for 20 points and eight boards against NCAA tournament participant Charleston.

Williams is the only upperclassman on Kentucky’s roster, while incoming freshmen Travis Perry and Collin Chandler are the only other players suiting up for the Wildcats at this point in the cycle. The other five members of Kentucky’s 2024 class have reopened their recruitments, with DJ Wagner, Aaron Bradshaw, Zvonimir Ivisic, Adou Thiero, Jordan Burks and Joey Hart all entering the transfer portal.

Projected lottery picks Rob Dillingham and Reed Sheppard entered the NBA draft and Antonio Reeves and Tre Mitchell are no longer eligible. Projected first-round pick Justin Edwards has not yet announced a decision.

Pope was announced as Kentucky’s new head coach earlier this month, replacing John Calipari, who left for Arkansas. Pope, who was BYU’s head coach for five years, was the captain of Kentucky’s 1996 national championship team under Rick Pitino.