Who is Amari Williams? Mark Pope, Kentucky basketball country Drexel star F, according to reports

Kentucky is officially on the board in the Mark Pope era.

The Wildcats landed one of the top players in the NCAA transfer portal on Sunday in Drexel, 6-foot-4 forward Amari Williams, according to his agent George Lanberg of GSL Sports Group (via the Field of 68 Network). It was first reported by ESPN college basketball insider Jeff Borzello.

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Williams – who will use his extra COVID-19 year to play at Kentucky – comes to Lexington as a three-time Coastal Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He averaged 12 points and 7.8 rebounds per game for the Dragons this season.

According to Zack Geoghegan of On3, Williams chose Kentucky over SEC foe Mississippi State.

Although Williams will reportedly transfer to and play for Pope and the Wildcats during the 2024-25 season, there’s a chance he won’t be on the roster come November: According to ESPN’s NBA Inside Adrian Wojnarowski, Williams will continue to test out the NBA design. waters – allowing him to keep his college eligibility and transfer to Kentucky.

According to Wojnarowski, Williams has until May 29 to decide whether he will stay in the draft or leave for Kentucky. The NBA draft combine will take place from Sunday, May 12 to Sunday, May 19 in Chicago at the Wintrust Arena. Williams will likely make a decision after the combine, where he will hear from NBA scouts on the likelihood of him being selected in June’s draft.

Here’s what you need to know about Williams as he moves to Kentucky from Drexel:

Amari Williams stats

Williams had a career high season during his junior year with the Dragons as he averaged career bests per game in points (13.7), rebounds (8.8) and assists (2.3) while scoring 53, Shot 3% from the field. He also had 67 blocks.

  • Career: 1,081 total points, 732 total rebounds, 186 total blocks, 171 total assists, 10.3 points per game, 7.0 rebounds per game, 51.9% shooting from the field and 30.8% shooting from beyond the arc

  • 2023-24: 389 total points, 249 total rebounds, 12.2 points per game, 7.8 rebounds per game and 51.7% shooting from the field

  • 2022-23: 410 total points, 264 total rebounds, 67 total blocks, 13.7 points per game, 8.8 rebounds per game, 2.3 assists per game, 53.3% shooting from the field, 26.7% shooting from outside the bow

  • 2021-22: 266 total points, 204 total rebounds, 9.5 points per game, 7.3 rebounds per game and 52.1% shooting from the field

  • 2020-21: 42.9% shooting from the field

Amari Williams 247 rankings

Williams was listed as a four-star prospect and ranked as the No. 63 overall prospect in the NCAA transfer portal according to his 247sports Composite rankings. He was also the No. 14-ranked center in the portal.

This article originally appeared in the Louisville Courier Journal: Amari Williams moves to Kentucky: Stats, 247 ranking, learn more about Drexel star