Mark Pope looking for Andrew Carr to be 'steadying force' for Kentucky next year

Andrew Carr officially signed with Kentucy on Monday following his commitment over the weekend.
Feb 17, 2024; Charlottesville, Virginia, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons forward Andrew Carr (11)
Feb 17, 2024; Charlottesville, Virginia, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons forward Andrew Carr (11) / Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Andrew Carr's commitment to Kentucky was made official on Monday morning as the 6-foot-10 forward signed with the Wildcats.

Carr, who committed to Kentucky on Sunday night, is likely going to be one of the more underrated additions on this roster and through the transfer portal around the country.

Carr brings experience, shooting and versatility that will give Mark Pope a lot of options on the offensive end of the floor.

The former Wake Forest forward averaged 13.5 points and 6.8 rebounds a game last season while shooting 37.1 percent from three.

“Andrew Carr is the prototypical college and NBA power forward,” Pope said in a statement about Carr's signing. “He’s incredibly skilled and an elite level decision maker. He shoots the ball with terrific range and is a force inside shooting 66 percent on 2-point field goal attempts."

Carr is a 6-foot-10 forward who does have great touch with the ball on the perimeter. That's going to be a valuable asset for Mark Pope and pairing him alongside Drexel center Amari Williams. Williams is not a threat from the wing, so having Carr -- who hit 36 3s last year -- gives Kentucky space offensivley.

With guards like Lamont Butler and Otega Oweh who excel when slashing, there was a major need for a stretch-4.

Carr is exactly that, but even more -- a proven veteran. He has appeared in 117 games with 112 starts.

He played two years at Wake Forest, averaging 12.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and shooting 34 percent from three.

In his career, Carr has averages of 11.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and a three-point percentage of 34.4.

To say Carr was a terrific addition to Kentucky would be an understatement and Mark Pope would agree.

“Andrew understands what it means to wear this jersey and he understands the assignment and why he is coming to Lexington," Pope added. 'He’s been a captain of every team he’s ever been associated with. He’s a steadying force and a great leader who Kentucky fans are going to love.”