Antonio Reeves prepares for final season of college basketball at Kentucky

The Big Blue Nation didn’t know exactly what to expect Antonio Reeves in a Kentucky uniform. He clarified one thing. You can only expect to see him in Lexington for one season.

The transfer from Illinois State was outstanding in three years of basketball in the Missouri Valley. Last season, the 6-foot-5 Chicago guard averaged more than 20 points per game while shooting 39 percent from behind the three-point line. He ticked all the right boxes, but for a team with a 13-20 record. Could the transfer have an immediate impact for the talented Wildcats? He answered yes to this question in the Bahamas.

Antonio Reeves led Kentucky in scoring with an average of 17 points in four games in the Big Blue Bahamas. He earned MVP honors by closing the exhibition tour with consecutive 20-plus-point performances, combining to score 9 of 17 three-pointers.

It was an exceptional start for Reeves, but he has bigger aspirations. Prior to his Big Blue Madness debut, he spoke with Curtis Burch on the Behind Kentucky Basketball podcast. Asked about his goals, he shed some light on his future.

“Win a Natty. That’s the first goal,” Reeves said. “Win an SEC championship. I want to win it all and I want to win big. It’s my last year. As a senior, I just want to win everything and have that good feeling.

Antonio Reeves is a true senior in his fourth year of college basketball, but he could use a COVID-19 waiver for another year of eligibility. Looks like he’s not planning on using him, and Kentucky is recruiting like they won’t have Reeves for the 2023-24 season. The Wildcats’ top-ranked recruiting class in 2023 has three players who can play on the perimeter — Robert Dillingham, Reed Shepard and Justin Edwards – and could add another top-five backcourt player who will be in the stands at Rupp Arena tonight, DJ Wagner.

Enjoy the Antonio Reeves experience this season. It looks like this will be the only time we see the athletic sniper in a Kentucky uniform.

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