May 25, 2024

Ansley Almonor, a Fairleigh Dickinson forward, made his commitment to Kentucky following his official visit.

Kentucky acquired a major component to its roster on Thursday morning, when Fairleigh Dickinson forward Ansley Almonor committed to the Wildcats.

Almonor made his pledge on his formal visit to Kentucky this week.

Almonor, a 6-foot-7 forward, averaged 16.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game last season. He started 31 games. However, his ability to shoot the ball is the highlight of his total offensive skill set. Last year, he shot 39.4 percent from three and made 93 3-pointers.

His 93 made three-pointers were tied for the most in FDU single-season history.

He has made 180 three-pointers in his three seasons at FDU, giving him a career 38.5 percent mark. In his two years as a full-time starter, he has made 168 three-pointers and averaged 2.5 a game.

 

Kentucky basketball, Mark Pope add Ansley Almonor via transfer portal

 

Kentucky was looking for more perimeter shooting, particularly from the forward position. That is exactly what Mark Pope received in Almonor.

Not only can Almonor spread the floor as a wing, but he can also play the small-ball 4 position, which will create multiple matchup issues for opposing teams.

Kentucky’s front court is now set, with Almonor joining Amari Williams, Brandon Garrison, and Andrew Carr, each of whom brings a unique set of skills.

He has one year of eligibility left.

Almonor is Mark Pope’s eighth pledge from the transfer portal to Kentucky.

Kentucky currently has two open scholarships, and Pope has a clear plan for how to use them.

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