Kentucky lands an elite defensive big man in the transfer portal

Kentucky fans have been waiting for Mark Pope to land some players in the transfer portal, and he did just that, as former Drexel big man Amari Williams will play for the Wildcats next season.

After a visit to Lexington and a trip to Keeneland with Coach Pope, Williams made his commitment public on social media.

Williams averaged 12.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.8 blocks and 0.8 steals per game for the Dragons.

He is an elite defender, as Williams was the CAA Defensive Player of the Year three times. Williams was also a First Team All CAA selection for his play for Drexel this season.

He is known as an excellent passer and big man, which will help him kick the ball out next season to open up three-shooters, which is a very important aspect of Coach Pope’s offense.

Williams is from Nottingham, England, and spent four seasons at Drexel. After another great season, it was time to make the move to the SEC.

The 6’10, 265-pound big man is physically down and a very good rebounder, something the Wildcats lacked in the frontcourt last season.

Hopefully there will be more commitments for Williams, but he is a solid player to fill this roster. With almost every liability gone and literally every player from last year’s roster moved on, Coach Pope will need to add many players to the portal to compete this season.

Coach Pope seems to be doing a good job in recruiting so far and will continue to add talent.