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Amari Williams Commits To Kentucky

Kentucky’s Mark Pope got a huge commitment today and I think many fans will be excited about it. Amari Williams, former Drexel standout, has decided to transfer to the University of Kentucky.

Amari Williams met with Mark Pope on Thursday and he must have liked what he heard in the discussion as he has decided to make the transfer from Drexel to Kentucky in a span of just a few days.

With Williams' commitment, Pope's limited roster definitely got bigger, literally. Amari Williams comes in listed at 6'10" and weighing 265-pounds for Kentucky’s post prescense. The newest Wildcat is originally from Nottingham, England where he graduated from Myerscough College in Preston, England. He was also a part of Great Britain’s U20, U18, and U16 teams. Amari averaged  9.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.0 blocks during the U20 European Youth Basketball League Championships.

He would arrive in the states only four years ago as he was a part of Drexel's 2020-21 roster. During that (freshman) season, he came off the bench and appeared in fifteen games and assisted Drexel in winning the Colonial Athletic Association Championship in 2021. Throughout his Drexel career, he would total 79 starts across 105 games played in.

Williams has made significant jumps in playing time and production each season with the Dragons, with his sophomore season increasing to twenty-eight game appearances and also being named the CAA's Defensive Player of the Year. Not only that, he distinctly emerged as one of the CAA's best players in his junior season with increased minutes from around 20 minutes a game to around 27 minutes a game, working his way into the starting lineup.

Overall, Amari Williams has averaged around 13.0 points and around 8.3 rebounds in his last two seasons (junior and senior years) for the Dragons. While the bulk of his production came in the second half of his career there, he is a one-thousand point scorer (1,081) for the time he spent with the program.

From what I have seen in game film and individual statistics from his previous play, he is an excellent rim protector and can alter a player's shot if they choose to bring it into the post against him. He checks a lot of boxes that many members of Big Blue Nation have been asking for, for quite some time. A big man with a lot of size that can still be a consistent shot blocker on defense.

On the offensive side of things, he also has a pretty consistent three-point shot. During his sophomore campaign, he managed to average 37% from beyond the arc. One downside I can see is his free-throw percentage. The best stretch that he had there was last season at 65% overall, which isn't great. The only other downside might be the fact he hasn't experienced the talent that Kentucky is used to playing against in the SEC, but I still think he will be able to hold his own due to his overwhelming size.

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