Illinois State Redbirds junior guard Antonio Reeves has announced he is transferring to the Kentucky Wildcats. He committed to the Kentucky Wildcats over the Xavier Musketeers, DePaul Blue Demons, Oregon Ducks, and Nebraska Cornhuskers. Reeves was largely considered one of the best scorers in the transfer portal this year. Head Coach John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats have made a habit of landing top transfer talent over the past few seasons.
Antonio Reeves, the Illinois State transfer who averaged 20 ppg while shooting 39 from 3pt% has committed to Kentucky, he tells ESPN.
“Coach Cal loves his players, he loves the game, has developed pros and won a national championship. That’s what attracted me to Kentucky.”
— Paul Biancardi (@PaulBiancardi) April 27, 2022
As a junior with the Illinois State Redbirds, Antonio Reeves averaged 20.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. His points per game led the team this past season. He paired those numbers with a field goal percentage of 46.9 percent and a three-point percentage of 39 percent. Despite the Redbirds performing rather poorly during the reason, Reeves was a bright spot that gained national attention in college basketball. He has two years of college eligibility remaining.
CJ Fredrick (injured last year)
(Keion Brooks still possibly)
Cason Wallace (top-10 recruit)
Chris Livingston (top-10 recruit)
Antonio Reeves (No. 2 scorer in portal)
Really good roster.
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) April 23, 2022
Kentucky is coming off a disappointing season where they lost in the first round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament to the Cinderella team, Saint Peter’s Peacocks. Antonio Reeves will replace some scoring that they lost this offseason and with an experienced roster, the Wildcats are looking for a different outcome in the 2023 NCAA Tournament.