Former Kentucky basketball player Aaron Bradshaw transferring to a Big Ten school

Cameron Drummond, Lexington Herald-Leader on

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Former five-star Kentucky men’s basketball recruit Aaron Bradshaw has a new college home after spending one season in Lexington.

On Monday afternoon, Bradshaw — who averaged 4.9 points and 3.3 rebounds per game last season at Kentucky — committed to play at Ohio State for Buckeyes head coach Jake Diebler.

Bradshaw committed to the Buckeyes via a post on his Instagram page.

A 7-foot-1 big man, Bradshaw never followed through on the lofty expectations that came with his arrival at UK as part of the Wildcats’ top-ranked 2023 recruiting class. But a lot of that had to do with factors out of his control.

Bradshaw missed the entire 2023 offseason and preseason following a foot injury that he suffered last spring, which delayed his on-court debut for the Wildcats until early December.

He made a splash in his second career college game with 17 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots in UK’s 81-66 win over Penn on Dec. 9.


That performance, along with a late-game 3-pointer that pushed Kentucky to a win in its SEC opener at Florida, proved to be the two standout moments from an otherwise quiet freshman season for Bradshaw under former UK coach John Calipari.

But despite a downturn in performance and playing time, Bradshaw was lauded for his positive personality in the UK locker room last season.

Bradshaw entered the NCAA transfer portal last week, following reports that Calipari was to leave the UK program. After 15 seasons as head coach, Calipari stepped down from his post at UK and is now the head coach at Arkansas.

“To the incredible Wildcats fans, my teammates, coaches and supporters, I want to take a moment to express my gratitude for the unwavering support you have shown me throughout my time at the University of Kentucky,” Bradshaw said in an Instagram post announcing that he was leaving Kentucky.


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