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Kentucky lands Davidson grad transfer Kellan Grady

Mar 5, 2021; Richmond, Virginia, USA; Davidson Wildcats guard Kellan Grady (31) drives to the basket as George Mason Patriots guard Ronald Polite (1) defends in the second half of a quarterfinal in the Atlantic 10 conference tournament at Robins Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Coming off its first losing season since 1988-89, the Kentucky men’s basketball program has some help on the way in the form of a graduate transfer.

Guard Kellan Grady announced on Monday that he’ll be joining Kentucky from Davidson, where he scored over 2,000 points in four seasons and was a two-time All-Atlantic 10 first-team selection.

Expected to graduate in May with a degree in sociology, Gray will presumably be eligible immediately for head coach John Calipari’s team headi8ng into the 2021-22 season.

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“First, I want to express my eternal gratitude for Davidson College, Coach (Bob) McKillop and his entire staff for giving me the opportunity to represent Davidson for the last four years,” Grady said. “It has truly been an incredible experience and has made me a better player — and more importantly, a better person.”

The 6-foot-5 Grady averaged 17.4 points per game during his time at Davidson. A prolific 3-point shooter, Grady has made at least 51 shots from downtown in each of his four collegiate seasons, and he’s coming off a 2020-21 campaign in which he connected on a career-best 38.2 percent of his 3-point attempts.

Grady scored 2,002 points in 115 games (113 starts) for Davidson. The school record is held by current NBA star Stephen Curry, who had 2,635 points in three seasons (2006-09). His 240 3-pointers rank sixth in Davidson history.

“Kellan has established himself as one of the best players in the country,” Calipari said. “His size, his skills, his scoring ability and his playmaking ability speak volumes to the player that he is. Kellan played in a great program under a terrific coach, Bob McKillop. He is a four-year starter whose toughness and fight will add to our team.”

Kentucky went 9-16 (8-9 SEC) last season and missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2013.

–Field Level Media