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Kentucky Reaches Out To Andrej Stojakovic

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With Mark Pope urgently building a roster for the upcoming season, it was expected that the transfer portal would be his best friend this off-season. Since that is the new “norm” in today’s quickly changing game, schools reach out to several different players - more than they can even accept - trying to get the best guys for their next roster.

Kentucky's head coach, Mark Pope, has been doing his fair share of that to help build back the roster due to John Calipari's departure. We’re hearing all kinds of names at the moment with today surfacing a new one in targeting Andrej Stojakovic. Yes, that Stojakovic. Andrej is the son of former basketball legend Peja Stojakovic, and he could be the next Wildcat.

In 2023, Andrej was ranked as the twenty-fifth best overall recruit and fifth overall amongst small forwards according to 247 Sports. The 6'7" forward was also selected as a McDonald's All-American in 2023. In his freshman season inside the Pac-12 conference, he appeared in 32 games which included 10 starts. Stojakovic managed to average 7.8 points per game while shooting 40.9% from the field and 32.7% from beyond the three-point line on just 22.3 minutes per game.

Before ultimately deciding to play at Stanford, Stojakovic was offered by Kentucky along with several other top schools that include California (which appears to be the favorite), Oregon, Texas, UCLA, UConn, Duke, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisville, Tennessee, and USC, as the notable ones.

With Kentucky needing recruits at basically every position this would be a huge get for Mark Pope and the program. The fact that Stojakovic has three seasons of collegiate eligibility left makes him a very highly sought-after transfer and I expect NIL will be a very big contributing factor from whoever he decides to commit to. As I stated previously, I think that more likely than not Stojakovic decides to stay out west as California is believed to be the current favorite, but this is something to keep an eye on as the legacy player would bring some much needed excitement to Kentucky.

So far the school has a committment from BYU transfer Collin Chandler, and a signed pledge from Lyon County native Travis Perry. Names are flying all over the place right now as the also developing staff brings in players to build-out a team.

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