GREENSBORO, N.C. — Kentucky's season is over. A campaign that began with great promise — as the favorite to win the SEC and ranked among the top five nationally in the Associated Press preseason poll — ended Sunday at Greensboro Coliseum, with a 75-69 loss to No. 3-seed Kansas State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Here's a look at the offseason ahead, and what next season's roster could look like:
Which Kentucky players could leave?
Kentucky honored six players on Senior Night — forwards Oscar Tshiebwe and Jacob Toppin, and guards Brennan Canada, CJ Fredrick, Antonio Reeves and Sahvir Wheeler. Following Sunday's loss, Calipari said he expects all six — who have the option to return as a result of the extra year of eligibility granted to them in response to the COVID-19 pandemic — to leave. Reeves (14.4 points per game), however, left the door open for a return, saying "I'd love to be back."
Tshiebwe — who averaged 16.5 points and 13.7 rebounds this season — was dominant again during the NCAA Tournament and would be the biggest loss.
Star freshman Cason Wallace is a projected first-round pick — and possible top-10 selection — in this year's NBA draft and almost certainly won't be back.
Which UK players could return?
Junior forward Lance Ware could return and see more minutes without Tshiebwe in front of him.
Then there are the two freshmen beyond Wallace. Forward Chris Livingston, who averaged 8.1 points and 6.5 rebounds since Feb. 1, is not a projected 2023 NBA Draft pick, but could test the waters before making a decision on his future. Ugonna Onyenso, who reclassified to join the Wildcats a year early, was never expected to leave early.
Kentucky basketball transfer portal watch
Possible departures: Sophomore forward Daimion Collins and freshman Adou Thiero could be looking for more minutes elsewhere with the No. 1 recruiting class in the country coming this summer. Collins averaged 1.9 points and 7.9 minutes in 25 games. Theiro plays with boundless energy but only appeared in 18 games.
Coming in: Calipari needs to find a 3-point marksmen in the transfer portal to replace Fredrick, Reeves, Toppin and Wallace. Expect more names to enter the portal after the season, but one of the best available shooters right now is former Towson star Nicolas Timberlake. The 6-foot-4 guard shot nearly 42% (92 of 221) from deep during the 2022-23 season. Guard Denver Anglin could be another option. Anglin struggled from beyond the arc in his lone season at Georgetown, making 5 of 29, but made 50 3s in three of his four high school seasons; the only exception came during a pandemic-shortened campaign.
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2023 Kentucky basketball recruiting class
In a throwback to previous years of the Calipari era, Kentucky next season brings in the consensus No. 1 recruiting class. The group includes four five-star prospects — point guard Robert Dillingham, combo guard DJ Wagner, wing Justin Edwards and center Aaron Bradshaw — and four-star North Laurel High School guard Reed Sheppard.
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