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Kentucky transfer Aaron Bradshaw commits to Ohio State

Zack Geogheganby:Zack Geoghegan04/15/24

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Over the weekend, 7-foot-1 freshman Aaron Bradshaw took an official visit to Ohio State. By Monday afternoon, he was committed to the Buckeyes.

Bradshaw spent the 2023-24 season with the Kentucky Wildcats, averaging 4.9 points and 3.3 rebounds in 13.7 minutes per game under former head coach John Calipari. Bradshaw entered his name into the transfer portal exactly one week ago. Instead of following Calipari to Arkansas, the former five-star recruit didn’t waste any time setting up a trip to Ohio State and locking up his spot for the 2024-25 season.

Bradshaw will have three years of eligibility remaining.

A return to Kentucky was theoretically on the table, but Bradshaw was reportedly considering Ohio State and Southern California once he entered the portal. North Carolina, Texas, Rutgers, and Indiana were also mentioned as schools to watch, but the New Jersey native will take his talents to Columbus to play under first-year head coach Jake Diebler.

While in Lexington, Bradshaw first had to recover from offseason foot surgery that forced him to miss the first few weeks of the season. Once he did step on the floor, he played sparingly. That was especially true over the last month of the season, as Bradshaw saw just six minutes per contest across his final nine games played.

Throughout his 26 games played at Kentucky (including 10 starts), Bradshaw was best known for his second-ever outing as a Wildcat. In what was a homecoming game against Penn in December, Bradshaw dropped 17 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks in an 81-66 win.

But not even Mark Pope’s legendary introductory press conference on Sunday at Rupp Arena could prevent Bradshaw from leaving Kentucky. His enthusiasm and love for his teammates will be missed, but it’s on to the next one for Pope and Co.

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