Kentucky freshman Ivisic goes into transfer portal

  • Jeff Borzello, ESPN

    • Personnel WriterApr 13, 2024, 08:09 PM ET Close Basketball recruiting expert.
    • Joined ESPN in 2014.
    • Graduate of University of Delaware.Kentucky freshman Zvonimir Ivisic got in

      the transfer website on Saturday, ending up being the very first UK player to leave the program given that Mark Pope was called head coach.Ivisic, a 7-foot-2 center from Croatia, had among the most awaited launchings of any beginner this past season– and after that” Big Z” produced an eye-opening screen in his very first college game.Hours after the NCAA cleared him to use the morning of Jan. 20, Ivisic worn for the Wildcats versus Georgia. In the first 5 minutes of his profession, he had 11 points, 3 rebounds, two assists and 2 blocks, making all three of his 3-point efforts. Kentucky was plus-22 on the scoreboard throughout that five-minute stretch.Editor’s Picks Ivisic completed the 105-96 win over Georgia with 13 points, 5 rebounds, two helps, three blocks and 2 takes in 16 minutes off the bench.The freshman had an inconsistent role the remainder of the season, but revealed flashes of his huge capacity. Ivisic had 11 points and seven rebounds against Vanderbilt; 18 points, 5 rebounds and four blocks against Alabama; and 12 points and 9 rebounds against Arkansas.In 15 games, Ivisic averaged 5.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks, shooting 37.5%from 3-point range.While Ivisic is the first player to enter the website since Pope was officially employed on Friday, there has been plenty of lineup motion since John Calipari left for Arkansas previously in the week. Guard Rob Dillingham went into the NBA draft, center Aaron Bradshaw entered the transfer website and 3 of the six players in Kentucky’s No. 2-ranked recruiting class have decommitted and resumed their recruitments.

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