The Kentucky Wildcats are getting set for their first season under head coach Mark Pope, who finalized his Kentucky basketball coaching staff earlier this week. Mikhail McLean, who earned NCAA Tournament coaching experience as the Director of Player Development at Houston several years ago, will be the fifth and final staff addition as an assistant coach. Pope had to rebuild the Kentucky basketball roster this offseason after every player from last year's roster left following the departure of coach John Calipari. The new Kentucky basketball lineup is full of additions from the transfer portal who are hoping to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament.

Calipari spent the last 15 seasons guiding Kentucky's men's basketball team, so this has been one of the most notable off-seasons for the program in decades. Pope won a national championship as a player with Kentucky and now will try to win a championship as a coach. If you love the Wildcats, or just want the latest roster updates and college basketball transfer portal news, be sure to see what the proven team of insiders are saying at CatsPause, the 247Sports affiliate that covers Kentucky.

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Kentucky basketball roster departures 

Pope had to hit the ground running when he was named Kentucky's new head coach since several members of last year's Kentucky basketball roster have departed Lexington. Forward Zvonimir Ivisic is the first player to follow Calipari to Arkansas, and guard/small forward Adou Thiero followed after playing his past two seasons with Coach Cal. Aaron Bradshaw joined Ohio State, and guard Joey Hart will be on the Ball State roster next season. Point guard D.J. Wagner will follow Calipari to Arkansas.

Justin Edwards, Rob Dillingham and Ugonna Onyenso have all made the final decision to declare for the Draft. Kentucky will also be without top scorers Tre Mitchell and Antonio Reeves next season since both players graduated. Join CatsPause to see the latest on all of Kentucky's roster changes

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Pope hit the transfer portal as hard as any coach in the country, snagging players like BYU guard Jaxson Robinson, Oklahoma State center Brandon Garrison and Wake Forest forward Andrew Carr. Robinson led the Cougars in scoring (14.2 ppg) while winning the Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year award. Garrison is a former McDonald's All-American who averaged 7.5 points and 5.3 rebounds across 22.7 minutes last season.

He had season-highs in points (21), field goals made (7) and free-throw attempts (12) in a win over BYU in February, which was likely a key factor in Pope's decision to target Garrison from the portal. The Wildcats have a trio of incoming freshmen in Collin Chandler, Trent Noah and Travis Perry. Chandler was originally set to play for Pope at BYU, but he became the first commitment of the Pope era at Kentucky instead. Join CatsPause to get the latest on all of Kentucky's roster additions

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Pope could also be bringing at least one big-time BYU player with him, so be sure to join CatsPause to see who that is and get the rest of the insider roster news

Who are the top names Kentucky basketball is pursuing under coach Mark Pope, and what former BYU player could land in Lexington? Go to CatsPause to see their insider information, all from a team of reporters with years of experience covering the Wildcats, and find out. And reminder, CatsPause is offering 50% off the first year of an annual VIP membership*, so subscribe now before it's too late.

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