Top 5 important commits for Kentucky basketball this spring

Kentucky landed seven commits through the transfer portal this spring. Let's breakdown the importance of the key five that Pope is bringing in.
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player. Player Rankings . Senior. 4. 508. . Lamont Butler. . Guard. Lamont Butler

A terrific two-way, tough guard who has hit one of the biggest shots there is to hit in college basketball? That's what you get with Butler.

The San Diego State guard starred for the Aztecs during their National Championship runner-up appearance in 2023. But, he was the player who hit the buzzer-beater against FAU in the Final Four.

Butler has 131 games under his belt and is a three-year starter -- so experience and leadership is not going to be an issue with him.

Butler is not going to make the flashy plays but his consistency will be extraordinary for Pope and this Kentucky team that has an entirely new group of guys who have never played before. And, let's be honest -- outside of Kerr Kriisa, nobody in the group coming in thus far have played in a lot of super significant games in their careers either, especially deep in the NCAA Tournament.

He's best on the defensive end of the floor and with his frame, he's going to be able to match up with numerous wings.

An underrated part of his game will be his passing and playmaking ability. Pairing him up with Kriisa in the backcourt will pair two really solid playmaking guards together.