Mark Pope takes 'business' trip to Keeneland

Adam Luckettby:Adam Luckett04/20/24


Mark Pope First Press Conference

New Kentucky head coach Mark Pope is probably not getting much sleep right now. The former Utah Valley and BYU head coach has returned to his alma mater and has a ton on his plate. Kentucky needs to build a roster from scratch, and coaching staff hires must still be made.

Kentucky could be getting one step closer to filling out a roster this weekend. The basketball program is currently hosting Drexel transfer Amari Williams for an official visit. During his trip to Lexington, Kentucky took Williams over to Keeneland as the spring meet is off and running.

During his time at the track, Pope jumped in front of the camera to do an interview with TVG. The new head coach made a business trip to Keeneland.

“This is such a great honor, and we’re so excited about it,” Pope told TVG. “Feels like we came home, and we’re deeply into the work right now and enjoying every single second of it.”

“I’m not exactly sure what I’m allowed to talk about or not but we’re here on business. So we’re trying to get some work done.”

That work is of the recruiting variety. Kentucky is looking to lock up Amari Williams this weekend. The Cats are hoping that the trip to Keeneland will be the icing on top of the sundae to get this thing wrapped up.

If a commitment does follow, Amari Williams would become the third scholarship player on the Kentucky basketball roster joining Collin Chandler and Travis Perry.

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