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Koby Brea Commits To Kentucky

Updated: May 8

Mark Pope and the Kentucky basketball staff have addressed a lot of pieces of need so far in the transfer portal. They have gotten experienced and defensive-minded players, multiple big men, and overall shooters, but one piece that hadn't been accounted for yet was a knock-down three-point shooter. Well, that area of need has been taken care of as of today.

Kentucky just received a verbal commitment from Dayton transfer, Koby Brea.

Brea is a 6'6" shooting guard from Washington Heights, New York. The 4-star transfer is among the top-ten transfers left in the NCAA transfer portal and was a huge addition for Mark Pope's incoming class for the 2024-25 season. The addition is a former member of the 2020 class and has spent the last four seasons as a Dayton Flyer. He has come a long way since his freshman season where he only saw the floor in half of the games played. However, even in his fourth season at Dayton, he only started in four of the thirty-three games he appeared in. I imagine this will be a different scenario next season as Koby Brea should be able to shine in Mark Pope's offense.

One of Koby’s best traits is that he can take his man off the dribble, but his main weapon is how he can catch and shoot from deep with a lot of confidence. Throughout his four year collegiate career, Brea's three-point percentage has been 43.4% overall with this past season being his career-best at a staggering 49.8%.

“By the numbers, Koby Brea is the most efficient mid-to-high major player in college basketball in the last decade,” Pope said. “He’s the best returning shooter in college basketball next year. Koby is a dangerous, dangerous man who is a great human with an incredible family. He will be key in allowing us to play the style of basketball that we love the most. Koby and this group are going to take Big Blue Nation on an incredible ride.”

This add was a huge get for Kentucky’s Mark Pope. No matter who the head coach of the Wildcats was going to be it was obvious that it was going to be difficult to replace the shooting provided by both Antonio Reeves and Reed Sheppard from last season. With this commitment you are starting down the right path in doing so.

As we currently stand with the roster being formed, it now sits at Travis Perry, Collin Chandler, Amari Williams, Andrew Carr, Otega Oweh, Lamont Butler, Brandon Garrison, and now Koby Brea.

I expect that Brea will be a day one starter with his experience at the two spot and his shooting abilities. Now, that is still subject to change of course with the transfer portal still being wide-open but that is where I think Kentucky stands right now with him. I think many fans and even some of the media was hesitant to see how Mark Pope would do in the transfer portal but with the additions of Alvin Brooks, Cody Fueger, Jason Hart, and Mark Fox, I think this is confirming that this coaching staff can recruit against some of the best teams in the nation just shortly after many were unsure if it even could with the transition at the helm.

If you're interested in getting a glimpse of what Kentucky is getting in the fifth-year senior, then here is a good highlight compilation from last season with the Flyers.

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