Mark Pope meets with a pair of key Kentucky transfer targets

Mark Pope reportedly met with two key Kentucky transfer targets on Thursday, with one making a visit to Lexington this weekend.
Jan 13, 2024; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Utah State Aggies forward Great Osobor (1) drives to the
Jan 13, 2024; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Utah State Aggies forward Great Osobor (1) drives to the / Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Pope has been at the head of the Kentucky basketball program for a week and while his staff is getting finalized, he has been prioritizing putting together a roster.

Currently, there are just three players on the roster for Kentucky -- rising sophomore Jordan Burks, and two incoming freshmen with four-star guards Travis Perry and Collin Chandler.

But, could there be one name that is emerging as a potential front court centerpiece? That could be Drexel transfer Amari Williams.

Williams already has a visit set to Kentucky this weekend but that didn't stop Pope from meeting with him prior to his trip.

According to national college basketball analyst Jeff Goodman, Pope is meeting with two transfer prospects this week -- one of which being Williams.

Williams, who named a final three schools on Thursday, met with Pope on Thursday as well. Just a few days before he's in Lexington. A very significant move from Pope if he didn't feel very strongly about receiving a commitment from the 6-foot-10 center in the coming days.

Williams averaged 12.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game this season. He finished with 10 double-digit rebounding games and eight double-doubles. 

With Aaron Bradshaw, Ugonna Onyenso and Zvonimir Ivisic all leaving Kentucky, landing front court help is a major priority.

As for the second prospect Pope is meeting with -- it was one of the most valuable transfers last season. Great Osobor followed head coach Danny Sprinkle from Montana State to Utah State last year and was named the Mountain West Player of the Year.

Pope is meeting with Osobor on Friday.

He averaged 17.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.3 steals a game.

The 6-foot-8 and 250-pounder averaged 13.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in two NCAA Tournament games.

He had 13 games with at least 20 points and 15 double-doubles.

While it's been quiet on the recruiting front -- in terms of positive news -- for Pope and Kentucky, that should likely end over the next few days. It could start with Williams and continue with Osobor.

TIme will tell, but it's starting to get interesting in Lexington.