Kentucky 'looking like' team to beat for top-10 transfer guard and explosive scorer

CBS Sports college baskeball insider Matt Norlander says Kentucky is 'looking like' the team to beat for North Floridan transfer guard Chaz Lanier.
Nov 29, 2023; Iowa City, Iowa, USA; North Florida Ospreys guard Chaz Lanier (2) goes to the basket
Nov 29, 2023; Iowa City, Iowa, USA; North Florida Ospreys guard Chaz Lanier (2) goes to the basket / Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Despite landing seven transfers in a week span, Kentucky is still looking to add a few pieces to its roster ahead of the summer.

Mark Pope has added shooting, size and versatility to the Kentucky roster but one skill he's missing is that 'go-to' scorer.

Well, the Wildcats could be close to closing in on that exact player.

Meet North Florida guard Chaz Lanier -- a 6-foot-4 guard who averaged 19.7 points per game last season and shot 51 percent from the field and 44 percent from three. He made 3.3 3s per game.

And now, Kentucky could be the leader in his recruitment, according to CBS Sports college baskeball insider Matt Norlander.

“North Florida’s Chaz Lanier — who’s not a big-time name, but he’s being sought-after by big schools and it’s looking like that might be Kentucky," Norlander said on the Eye On College Basketball podcast. "If it’s not Kentucky, it’s Tennessee. And if it’s not Tennessee, it might be BYU."

Social media -- as well as Kentucky fans -- started going crazy following the news that Kentucky was 'looking like' the team for Lanier.

Norlander later provided some additional context as well.

"I feel prompted to add some quick context," he wrote on social media. "It might be UK—but Tennessee's very much in play as well. Was told no decision imminent. The big sell w/ UK is Pope's style of play + the similarities to North Florida's offense. UT carries major appeal as well."

Lanier led the A-Sun in player efficiency and was 13th in effective field goal rate in the entire country, show his efficiency as a big time scorer. He also had four 30-point games and 15 games with at least 20 points.

Again, he's extremely efficient. He had 15 games where he shot at least 50 percent from the field and only five games shooting less than 40 percent.

It's evident he fills a specific void for Kentucky and is someone that the staff has clearly locked in on. Now it's wait and see.