Bryce Hopkins has unfortunately entered the transfer portal and will explore his options. The first year Kentucky Wildcat went from the country’s 39th high school recruit to a seat on the bench for a majority of Kentucky’s season. It’s a shame we won’t get to see him grow in Kentucky blue, but it’s hard to argue with his decision after being presented such a lack of an opportunity this past season.
Hopkins saw the floor in 28 of Kentucky’s 34 games and averaged just 2.1 points with 1.4 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per contest. He was held scoreless in 13 of those games and played five minutes or less in 17 of them.
His best performance of the year came towards the end of the regular season when he helped edge Kentucky past LSU at Rupp Arena to split the season series. Hopkins scored 13 points on 5-6 shooting to tie for the team’s second-leading scorer. It was a momentum-shifting performance for Hopkins and one that many thought would grow his role as the postseason neared.