Key Kentucky Wildcats Basketball Player Returning To Team

Kentucky Wildcats logo

Getty Image / Mitchell Layton

Over the course of the college basketball offseason, the Kentucky Wildcats have seen their roster go through some major changes.

Oscar Tshiebwe, Cason Wallace, Chris Livingston, and Jacob Toppin all headed to the NBA Draft.

CJ Fredrick, Sahvir Wheeler, Daimion Collins, and Lance Ware all entered the transfer portal and found new teams for next season.

With the program struggling to land transfers of their own, their recruiting has had to pick up the slack.

As is usually the case, the Wildcats have a loaded recruiting class for the 2023 season.

Kentucky has the nation’s top recruiting class in the Class of 2023.

That class includes the 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 16th ranked recruits in the nation, with 3 of them being the top players at their positions.

Unfortunately, even with such a stacked recruiting class, the Wildcats are still a bit short on one thing for next season.

They don’t have much experience on their roster.

Luckily, it was revealed today that they are expected to get some veteran leadership back from this year’s team.

According to 247 Sports’ Travis Branham, Antonio Reeves moved into his dorm last night and is expected to return for next season.

Antonio Reeves started just 14 games for the Wildcats during the 2022-23 season, but was still one of the team’s most important players.

He was 2nd on the team in scoring and led a team that struggled to regularly stretch the floor in 3-point percentage, knocking down 39.8% of his looks from outside.

Still, his 4 years of experience at the college level may be the most valuable thing he can offer as part of what will be a very young Kentucky Wildcats roster.