Need to Know: Key dates, deadlines for Kentucky's 2021-22 roster

Need to Know: Key dates, deadlines for Kentucky's 2021-22 roster

<small>(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)</small>

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

As we start yet another week with more questions about next year’s Kentucky Basketball roster than answers, now seems like a good time to look at the calendar and review some important dates and deadlines for recruiting, the transfer portal, and the NBA Draft. As you’ll see, although we’re all anxious to know who will be wearing Kentucky blue this fall, it could still be a few months before it’s certain.


Soon: TyTy Washington’s college announcement

Five-star 2021 point guard TyTy Washington included Kentucky in his final six on April 17, along with Arizona, Baylor, Kansas, LSU, and Oregon. The West Coast Wildcats are currently considered the favorite for the Chandler, Arizona native, but in a recent blog for SI All-American, he called Kentucky “the best of the best” and said proving himself on a stage like UK’s is appealing. In that same blog entry, he said a decision was coming “around the end of [April],” so…any day now.

Also soon: CJ Fredrick’s announcement

Late last week, rumblings started that the Iowa shooting guard’s decision was imminent, with Kentucky seen as the frontrunner. It’s Monday afternoon and we haven’t heard anything yet.

Like the rest of us, maybe Washington and Fredrick are waiting for Kentucky’s assistant coaching hires to become official.

May 14: End of UK’s spring semester

As UK showed us in a video this morning, there are a handful of players still on campus to finish out the semester: Isaiah Jackson, Keion Brooks, Davion Mintz, Dontaie Allen, Jacob Toppin, Lance Ware, and Oscar Tshiebwe. Finals are May 10-13, and the semester is officially over on May 14. After that, players can either go home to be with their families for a few weeks before returning for summer workouts, or, in Jackson and Mintz’s case, begin the NBA Draft evaluation/training process in full.

May 16(ish): Jaden Hardy’s announcement

Yesterday, the five-star combo guard and No. 2 player in the 2021 class said on Instagram Live that he’s committing in two weeks. Most believe Hardy will take his talents to the G League — all six of picks in his 247 Sports Crystal Ball have him going pro — but Kentucky’s long been involved, offering him back in September 2019. However slight the possibility, landing him would be the big splash Calipari needs.

May 30: Deadline to declare for the Draft

Players who want to enter the draft, receive evaluation from the league, and go through workouts have until the end of the month to put their names in. With Davion Mintz announcing today he’ll test the waters, all of Kentucky’s draft hopefuls have now taken care of this step.

Photo by Noah J. Richter | UK Athletics


June 1: Players report to campus

After missing out on crucial team bonding last summer due to the pandemic, Kentucky is anticipating a “normal” offseason, meaning the players on next year’s roster are expected to report to campus by June 1 for workouts and classes. Given the number of outstanding decisions, this could be a smaller group than normal, but Davidson transfer Kellan Grady and incoming freshmen Bryce Hopkins and Daimion Collins will join the fold.

June 1: NCAA recruiting dead period ends

Starting in June, recruits can finally start taking official visits again. This applies to both high school prospects and transfers. Having the team (even in its current form) on campus during this time will be huge so players can gauge how they’ll fit in with the group, etc. Being wined and dined at Jeff Ruby’s doesn’t hurt either. Nothing gets rid of the taste of a 9-16 season like a Jeff Ruby’s steak, mac and cheese, and a big slice of Wildcat Cake.

Applies to:

  • Marcus Carr (Minnesota transfer)
  • Sahvir Wheeler (Georgia transfer)
  • Bryce Hamilton (UNLV transfer)
  • CJ Fredrick (Iowa transfer)

June 19-21: G-League Elite Camp

This event precedes the NBA Draft Combine at the same location. Details (such as the location) are still TBD due to evolving public health conditions, but typically, the top 60 draft prospects (as voted on by NBA teams) will be invited to the Combine and the next 40 prospects will be invited to the G-League Elite Camp. This could be a good bellwether for those testing the draft waters.

June 21-27: NBA Draft Combine

As mentioned, details are still TBD, but participants will go through the usual strength and agility testing and five-on-five games. It will be televised on ESPN’s family of networks.

June 22: NBA Draft Lottery

The full draft order will officially be set on June 22, giving the top players a clearer picture on where they may go. This could be big for Isaiah Jackson, who plans on staying in the draft if he’s projected to go in the lottery.


July 1: Deadline to enter the transfer portal

This year, players who wish to transfer have until July 1 to notify their current schools they are entering the portal. Most of the players Kentucky is interested in have already done that, but there are a few potential options still out there, like Georgia Tech guard Jose Alvarado. Alvarado is testing the NBA Draft waters and could return for a fifth season of eligibility, but has not officially entered the portal; as Matt said on today’s show, if he does, Kentucky could be an option due to his ties with Orlando Antigua.

July 7: NCAA’s “Stay or Go” Deadline

Ten days after the Combine, players who wish to return to school must take their names out of the draft.

Applies to:

  • Isaiah Jackson
  • Davion Mintz
  • Marcus Carr (Minnesota transfer)
  • Sahvir Wheeler (Georgia transfer)

July 29: NBA Draft

Details are still TBD for this year’s draft, but last week, the NFL showed us that a somewhat normal event is possible. No matter what form it takes, you know John Calipari will be front and center for “graduation night.”

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