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Several Kentucky Basketball Commits Withdraw Their Names From NBA Draft

Several of Kentucky's off-season pickups also had their names entered into the 2024 NBA Draft this summer, forcing fans to await their decision to withdraw or stay put. This list includes Amari Williams, Lamont Butler, Koby Brea, and Andrew Carr. However, with the deadline looming for players to make the decision on if they want to stay in the NBA Draft or officially withdraw their name and return to college for another season, it is now decision making time. The deadline for that decision comes today at 11:59 pm.

As players receive their constructive criticism from the NBA scouts you will start to see a lot of players deciding to return for another season of college. Kentucky had three different players make their decisions yesterday about their NBA Draft decisions.

The first we heard about was Amari Williams, the incoming transfer from Drexel.

This wasn't really a surprise but it is definitely reassuring that Kentucky has their defensive anchor set to become a Cat for the upcoming 2024-25 season. The second player we got news from was the San Diego State transfer, Lamont Butler.

Again, nothing surprising here, but it's nice to see that Lamont Butler will officially be a Wildcat as well.

Thirdly, Andrew Carr, the stretch forward transfer from Wake Forrest also made the decision to withdraw from the NBA Draft and attend Kentucky for the upcoming season.

With today being the final day for college players to withdraw their names from the draft, there are a few more names that Kentucky fans are waiting to hear from to hopefully finish out the first roster under Mark Pope. However, Koby Brea, the transfer guard from Dayton, just announced that he is also withdrawing his name from the draft and will be a Kentucky Wildcat next season too.

All of these confirmed players are immediate-impact additions and were stars within their former programs. Now they’ll get the chance to come to the big stage of Kentucky and compete at the highest level to chase their dreams of making it to the NBA. At one point in time we weren’t too familiar with the name of Antonio Reeves who transferred in from Illinois State and looked how that ended up for us. While many of these names are new - unless you got into the knee-deep waters of watching college basketball last season - we will quickly get to know them once they arrive.

Another name Kentucky fans are probably listening for is Wooga Poplar, a guard from the University of Miami, who is still pending an off-season decision. Poplar has visits lined up after today so that tells me that there is a good chance that he withdraws. A few schools that have interest in him besides Kentucky are Arkansas and Oregon.

With all of that being said, the player that most of Big Blue Nation is probably waiting to hear from is BYU transfer guard, Jaxson Robinson. The hopeful Wildcat spent his junior and senior seasons playing for Mark Pope at Brigham Young University, earning All-Big 12 Honorable Mention in 2024 as well as the Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year award last season. A clear talent getting a feel for his draft status, this decision may take a little more time and may very well go on until late this evening as this is a very difficult decision for Robinson.

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