Kentucky taking the next step with critical potential roster piece as visit is set up

North Florida guard Chaz Lanier is expected to be on campus at Kentucky for an offiical visit starting Monday.
Nov 29, 2023; Iowa City, Iowa, USA; North Florida Ospreys guard Chaz Lanier (2) controls the ball as
Nov 29, 2023; Iowa City, Iowa, USA; North Florida Ospreys guard Chaz Lanier (2) controls the ball as / Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky and a key transfer target are taking the next step in their relationship as a visit has been scheduled.

According to 247Sports national analyst Travis Branham, North Florida guard Chaz Lanier will be taking a visit to Kentucky on Monday. He will also be visiting BYU this weekend. As of now, there is no visit setup with Tennessee -- the one-time perceived leader in the recruitment.

Lanier and Kentucky have been in communication ever since he hit the transfer portal and Mark Pope even watched Lanier at the G-League Combine last week.

Lanier is 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 -- on 3.3 makes per game.

He is a legit scorer with four 30+ point games and 15 games with at least 20 points. There was only one time he failed to reach double-digits. The best part about his scoring ability is his efficiency as well.

There were 15 games where Lanier shot at least 50 percent from the floor and only five games when he shot less than 40 percent.

Lanier led the A-Sun in player efficiency and was 13th in effective field goal rate in the entire country.

Lanier is obviously a terrific scorer and part of that is his ability to shoot from the perimeter. He made at least three 3s in a game 23 different times last year.

He ranked in the 96th percentile in catch and shoot 3s, with a 67 percent effective field goal rate. He ranked in the 93rd percentile in scoring as the ball handler off of screens, and 90th percentile in dribble-hand off scoring. So, needless to say he is extremely lethal on or off the ball.

Kentucky has two open scholarships for the 2024-25 season. In total, Kentucky has landed eight transfer commitments.