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Kentucky looking to host Oklahoma State transfer Brandon Garrison for visit

Zack Geogheganby:Zack Geoghegan04/19/24


Another transfer portal name has surfaced in connection with the Kentucky Wildcats.

As first reported by On3’s Joe Tipton, head coach Mark Pope is looking to bring in Oklahoma State transfer center Brandon Garrison for a visit to Lexington. Garrison, a rising sophomore, recently visited Oklahoma and is expected to visit Texas this weekend. He could visit Kentucky as soon as next weekend, a source tells KSR, although nothing is currently set.

Tipton also notes that Arkansas head coach John Calipari is trying to bring Garrison in for a visit, as well. Could we have our first Pope-Calipari battle on the recruiting trail?

During his freshman campaign in 2023-24, Garrison averaged 7.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1.5 blocks in 22.7 minutes per contest. The 6-foot-11 big man shot 57.2 percent from the field and 64.8 percent from the line.

Coming out of Del City (OK) High School, Garrison was considered a four-star recruit and a top 50 prospect from the class of 2023, according to the On3 Industry Ranking. He was named a McDonald’s High School All-American and was the Gatorade and MaxPreps Player of the Year in Oklahoma.

Garrison stayed close to home for his freshman season of college, committing to Oklahoma State in July 2022 over the likes of Arkansas, Kansas, LSU, Texas, and many more. Despite his youth, head coach Mike Boynton (who was fired in March) threw Garrison straight into the fire as a rookie.

After averaging only 11 minutes per game across his first three appearances for the Cowboys, Garrison quickly found his footing. In just his fourth outing, he played 36 minutes against Notre Dame, putting up nine points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block.

Garrison reached the 20-point threshold three times this past season: 21 against BYU, 20 against Baylor, and 20 against West Virginia. Oklahoma State went 2-1 in those contests. He recorded one double-double, which came against South Carolina State: 11 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, and three blocks.

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