This summer John Calipari dove head first into the transfer portal since players could now come to Lexington and immediately be eligible.
The coaching staff went out on a mission to bring some spark to this offense, and came back with four of the nations best prospects (in the portal). If they hadn't, I would have no clue where this offense would be at right now - likely, a product of last season, struggling to win games.
Kellan Grady, Oscar Tshiebwe, Sahvir Wheeler and CJ Fredrick were the four playmakers added to the roster this summer, leaving out Fredrick as the only one not to play this season yet (injury).
The three available have collectively accounted for 124 of the teams 251 points through three games, which equates to 49.4% of the teams offense. The trio really compliments the entire rotation, with a guard who can run the offense, and a playmaker who can shoot, and a big guy that came protect the rim and rebound at an extremely high rate.
Through just 3 games, this is how the three are contributing to Kentucky’s offense:
Sahvir Wheeler: 11.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 10.0 apg, 2.0 spg, 42% FG, 30.0 minutes a game.
Kellan Grady: 12.0 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 0.3 apg, 2.0 spg, 54% FG, 26.0 minutes a game.
Oscar Tshiebwe: 18.3 ppg, 18.7 rpg, 1.3 apg, 2.7 bpg, 55% FG, 30.3 minutes a game.
These three have and will continue to be so beneficial to this offensive group, complimenting the likes of five-star freshmen TyTy Washington and the returning veterans from last season.
The transfer portal was a game changer once you were allowed to go out and get help that could immediately contribute on a new program, and Calipari was on top of the curve as he always is. Finding players and finding the right players are two different things, and this staff has found its right players. Ones who fit in with the scheme, understand what they’re here to do, and know how to plug themselves into a dynamic college basketball team. Multi-year guys who can collab with elite freshman talent. The bread and the butter.