Considering the number of recruits the Kentucky basketball programs is brining in, some have wondered how the Wildcats would make room for them.
We’re finding out.
The school announced Tuesday that three scholarship players would not return next season. The most prominent is sophomore forward A.J. Stewart, who averaged six minutes and two points per game last season and plans to transfer. Freshman Donald Williams also is transferring, after not playing last year. And center Jared Carter, who had the option of seeking a fifth year of eligibility, will not do so.
It was already known that Michael Porter, the former starting point guard, was leaving the program.
This makes room for recruits John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Bledsoe, Daniel Orton and Jon Hood - five of the top 40 high school seniors in the country, according to Rivals.com - and junior-college standout Darnell Dodson.
Meanwhile, another spot could open next month if Jodie Meeks elects to stay in the NBA draft. Meeks is expected to be a late first-round pick, at best, and likely a second-rounder.