Kentucky basketball has added another piece to their 2020-21 roster.
This afternoon, the Cats announced they are adding Kareem Watkins, stepson of former Memphis guard Dajuan Wagner, to the roster this season as walk-on Isaac DeGregorio has decided to leave the team due to personal reasons.
Watkins is a 5-foot-8 guard out of Camden, New Jersey, and will be in fact joining the squad as a walk-on in replacement of DeGregorio.
“Kareem is a great kid with a terrific work ethic who is going to be a great addition to our team,” Calipari said. “Kareem knows our expectations of him. We want him to come in here and be a great teammate and help us in practice. His stepfather, Dajuan, who played for me at Memphis, has really instilled a drive in Kareem and I look forward to seeing him continue to develop here with family.”
The New Jersey native played at Kingsway Regional High School, averaging 8.7 points per game in his senior season. He is known to have excellent shooting range and to be a skilled passer.
“These last few days have been surreal,” Watkins said. “I grew up wanting to play basketball on the college level. To have the opportunity to do so at a place like Kentucky and under a Hall of Fame coach like John Calipari is a dream come true. I understand what the expectations are of me. I’m excited to come in and be a part of this team and work hard every day to help my teammates and this team chase its goals.”
Watkins will join the team after completing Covid-19 protocols.