Kentucky added some experience to an already loaded roster with the announcement that grad transfer Davion Mintz will be returning to UK for another year of basketball. Due to the blanket waiver granted to players by the NCAA that allowed an extra year of eligibility, Mintz is able to play a sixth year of basketball and second straight for the Big Blue.
He wants to return the favor … 😼
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) July 1, 2021
The Creighton transfer will join freshman Tyty Washington, UGA transfer Sahvir Wheeler and sharpshooter Dontaie Allen in a packed backcourt. Not to mention, there is still a lot of buzz that class of 2023 superstar guard Jalen Duren might reclassify and join the Cats this season.
With his addition, this will now officially be UK Head Coach John Calipari’s most experienced team in 13 years leading the Cats. They return 42.1% of its minutes, 41.9% of its scoring and 42.4% of the assists according to UK Athletics, proving to be quite a bit of playing veteranship along with incoming transfers. Mintz himself led the team last year in total points (288) and assists (77).
Even with a loaded roster, John Calipari was ecstatic about Mintz returning:
“I am so happy for Davion because he was able to explore all of his options and decided to come back to a place that he loves,” he said. “He is one of the most appreciative players I have coached in my time here. I said to his parents after last season, ‘I can coach him for the next 10 years.’ He is that kind of person, player and leader. Our team is different than last season and there is more competition, but there is no question that Davion makes us better.
Could the sky be the limit for this Kentucky team? With a new scheme, time will tell, but Mintz’ return will only make them better.