Kentucky senior first basemen TJ Collett will be returning for the 2021 season, UK Athletics announces. Collett, who was a senior going into this past season, is taking advantage of the waiver the NCAA is giving to senior spring sport athletes in light of athletics coming to a halt in March.
With the return of the baseball star, UK will be getting one of the nation’s most powerful hitters back. The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder is a two-time National and SEC Player of the Week who has a career batting average of .269. He also has 44 extra-base hits along with 97 RBI in 118 games appearing for the Cats.
This past spring, Collett recorded his 100th career hit and clubbed five home runs in just 69 at-bats before the season was canceled due to the Coronarvirus pandemic.
In the press release from UK Athletics, the senior first basemen expressed excitement for his return:
“Four years ago, BBN welcomed me with open arms,” he said. “During my time in Lexington, the University of Kentucky has given me every opportunity and resource to become the best version of myself, both on and off the field. Wearing the Blue and White has been an absolute honor and incredibly fun. That’s why I’ll be wearing it for one final ride.”
Collett now joins fellow senior Zeke Lewis as the two players from this season’s past team taking advantage of the waiver from the NCAA.