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Kentucky Targeting North Florida Transfer, Chaz Lanier

The transfer portal is technically closed now, so that means that no more names can be added to the transfer portal list, however, that doesn't mean that transfer portal recruiting has to stop. Mark Pope currently has ten players on his roster for the upcoming season, but that leaves open five more spots to round out the fifteen-man rotation. Each team is allowed thirteen scholarship players and with Kentucky currently having nine, that leaves four open scholarships.

There is a lot of speculation around BYU transfer Jaxson Robinson and what people expect his decision to be. The thought is that if he decides to use his last season of college eligibility then he would follow Mark Pope to Kentucky. This would leave open three scholarships afterwards.

Another name to keep your eye on is Chaz Lanier. Lanier is a 6'4" shooting guard from Nashville, Tennessee and has spent his last four seasons at the University of North Florida. With Chaz being a Tennessee native, the thought is that the Volunteers are the frontrunner to land the talented transfer, however, there are several universities after him which include BYU, Cincinnati, Duke, FAU, Illinois, Kansas State, Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Vanderbilt, Villanova, West Virginia, and of course, Tennessee.

Throughout Lanier's first three seasons with North Florida the shooting guard only averaged 3.6 points per game. With that being said, he had a breakout senior season where he increased his scoring production by over five times. He produced an average of nearly twenty points a game at 19.7 points, as well as, 4.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 0.9 blocks off of 51% field goal shooting with 44% coming from beyond the three-point line.

Mark Pope is still looking for that "go to" scorer who can go get you a bucket when you need one in crucial moments of a game. Although Jaxson Robinson could be that guy for Kentucky if he does end up a Wildcat, Lanier would also be a good fit for that role in my opinion. We all know how good fifth-year senior Antonio Reeves was last season, and according to the efficiency leaders on the chart above, Chaz Lanier was the most efficient player in all of college basketball. This along with the experience that Pope has got lined up would make for a very exciting combination.

Here is a glimpse of what the staff could be bringing in if he was added to the roster.

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