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Kentucky basketball’s Mark Pope lands starting guard from recent Final Four team

On Friday afternoon, former San Diego State guard Lamont Butler committed to Kentucky out of the NCAA transfer portal.

A key player on a recent national runner-up squad will be playing his final college basketball season at .

On Friday afternoon, former San Diego State guard  committed to Kentucky out of the NCAA transfer portal. Butler, a 6-foot-2 guard, had played the last four seasons with the Aztecs.

Butler, who turns 22 next month, will join new Kentucky coach 's first roster in Lexington as one of the most experienced players in college basketball: Butler played in 131 career games at San Diego State and started 102 of those contests.

Butler has been a regular starter for the Aztecs in each of the last three seasons, including all 37 games last season and in 38 of the 39 games that SDSU played in the 2022-23 season, when the Aztecs reached the national championship game.

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