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Saturday / May 30.
  • Kentucky freshman Johnny Juzang to transfer

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    By JACOB POLACHECK

    Kentucky freshman guard Johnny Juzang announced his intentions to transfer on Friday, via Twitter.

    “What a ride. This last year at Kentucky was one of the best experiences of my life,” Juzang tweeted. “I grew so much not only as a player, but as a young man as well. I’d like to thank all my coaches, my brothers, the trainers, the staff, BBN, and everyone who made this year so special. From the bottom of my heart I’m going to miss this place. With lots of thought and consideration, I’ve decided to put my name into the transfer portal.”

    Juzang played in 28 games for Kentucky as a freshman, starting in two. He averaged 2.9 points, 1.9 rebounds and 0.3 assists in 12.3 minutes per game.

    He is the second Kentucky freshman this season to transfer, following Kahlil Whitney, who left at midseason.

    “I talked to Johnny last night along with his family and let him know if he wants to come back here that this option is always open to him,” UK head coach John Calipari said. “Johnny had a great year and really got better as the season went on. I always enjoyed coaching him, and if there’s an opportunity to continue to do so, I would welcome it with open arms because Johnny is a great kid and a skilled basketball player with a bright future.

    “When we spoke last night, his family talked about Johnny going back to the West Coast, which I understand. If this is what he ultimately decides to do, we wish him all the best. He has our full support.”

    Kentucky has the No. 1 ranked recruiting class in 2020, which includes five-star guards Terrence Clarke, BJ Boston and Devin Askew.

    This post has been updated.

    Photo: UK Athletics

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