Ole Miss Basketball Will Be Keeping Tabs on Several Kentucky Players Who Could Hit the Transfer Portal

Mar 2, 2024; Columbia, Missouri, USA; Mississippi Rebels head coach Chris Beard talks with players
Mar 2, 2024; Columbia, Missouri, USA; Mississippi Rebels head coach Chris Beard talks with players / Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The college basketball community were left shocked on April 7 when the news broke that Kentucky head coach John Calipari was moving to Arkansas. Could Ole Miss Basketball capitalize on Kentucky players potentially hitting the transfer portal?

Ole Miss head coach Chris Beard has already been actively and strategically planning his efforts to bring in players from the transfer portal. With Kentucky head coach John Calipari's latest departure to Arkansas, Beard is well-prepared and will closely monitor which Wildcat players enter the transfer portal, ready to make the best possible moves for his team.

Could Ole Miss Basketball Potentially Target 2024 Kentucky Commit Travis Perry?

It's not been 24 hours since the John Calipari news was announced. However, we have seen one Kentucky player enter the transfer portal and top-25 player Karter Knox reopen his recruitment. More will follow, with Chris Beard poised to make a run at bringing them to Oxford.

Four-Star 2024 Kentucky commit Travis Perry is a player Ole Miss will be looking to target if he reopens up his recruitment again. Perry was heavily recruited by the Rebels, making his final five alongside Alabama, Cincinnati, Kentucky and Western Kentucky.

Perry, a promising 2024 point guard, chose to stay in his hometown of Kentucky, committing to the Wildcats. However, with head coach Calipari's departure, the situation has taken an interesting turn. Could Perry reopen his recruitment? If he does consider looking at his options again, Ole Miss will likely still be a top option for Perry.

Could Ole Miss Be Linked With Other Players From Kentucky?

Another 2024 recruit that Ole Miss offered was center Somto Cyril. Although the Rebels were behind a few teams in his commitment process, Coach Beard will love a player like Cyrill on has team, potentially losing a couple of players at the center position.

Freshman forward Jordan Burks was committed to Ole Miss in 2022 when former head coach Kermit Davis was in Oxford; after Davis and Ole Miss "mutually agreed to part ways," Burks was released from his letter of intent, committing to Kentucky.

Despite Beard not part of his recruiting process, he could target Burks and convince him to return to commit to Ole Miss.