Antonio Reeves to withdraw from draft, consider transfer options

On3 imageby:Jack Pilgrim05/31/23
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Antonio Reeves has decided to withdraw from the 2023 NBA Draft — but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s returning to Kentucky. KSR has learned that the 6-foot-5 guard out of Chicago will continue to explore his options before deciding on a destination for his fifth and final season of eligibility.

A return to Lexington will be considered.

Reeves initially announced he would be testing the draft waters back on April 4 and took just short of two months to receive feedback and weigh his professional options. And though he won’t be taking the next step of his basketball career at the next level, he could be looking for a change of scenery at this one.

Antonio Reeves was exceptional during his senior season with the Wildcats where he averaged 14.4 points per contest while shooting 41.6% from the field, 39.8% from three and 78.3% at the line. He finished in double figures a total of 26 times, including 10 games of at least 20 points and a career-high 37 points in a win at Arkansas in the team’s final road game of the year. Reeves was ultimately named Southeastern Conference Sixth Man of the Year.

Antonio Reeves withdraws from NBA Draft

The Kentucky basketball roster currently has just seven scholarship pieces: five freshmen in DJ Wagner, Rob Dillingham, Justin Edwards, Aaron Bradshaw and Reed Sheppard, along with two returning sophomores in Ugonna Onyenso and Adou Thiero.

Oscar Tshiebwe announced this Wednesday afternoon he would be forgoing the remainder of his eligibility and turning pro, while Chris Livingston is expected to do the same. Cason Wallace and Jacob Toppin previously announced their time as Wildcats was over to open the offseason.

The door remains open for Antonio Reeves to return to Kentucky, but it’s just one of the many options he will entertain. The waiting game continues.

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