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Brandon Garrison Commits to Kentucky Out of Transfer Portal

Garrison joins Mark Pope in Lexington.



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Brandon Garrison is headed to a revamped blue blood.

Garrison, a former McDonald’s All-American who played at Oklahoma State this past season, committed to Kentucky out of the transfer portal on Monday. Garrison had initially entered the portal following Mike Boynton’s dismissal after averaging  7.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 blocks in his 32 games as a freshman.

Since hitting the portal, Garrison took visits to Oklahoma, Texas and most recently John Calipari’s Arkansas. Garrison initially signed with Oklahoma State as a four-star recruit in the 2023 class, picking the Pokes over offers from Arkansas, Kansas, Florida, Houston, LSU, OU and others.

He scored in double figures 10 times in his freshman season, including putting up a season-high 21 in OSU’s home win against BYU. BYU was coached by Mark Pope. Pope took the Kentucky job this offseason. Garrison also scored 20 against Baylor and West Virginia. He recorded his first career double-double with an 11-point, 10-rebound performance against South Carolina State.

Garrison was one of five Cowboys to hit the portal this offseason — joining Eric Dailey Jr., Quion Williams, Javon Small and Justin McBride. Dailey has since signed with UCLA, Williams with Abilene Christian and McBride with Nevada.

OSU is still in search of a big man with Texas Tech transfer Robert Jennings II being the biggest player on the roster to this point at 6-foot-7, 230 pounds. Former Cowboy Moussa Cisse has recently taken a visit back to Stillwater. OSU has also reportedly made contact with UTSA transfer Carlton Linguard.

Lutz has also picked up FIU transfer guard Arturo Dean and UCF transfer Marchelus Avery out of the portal, and Bryce Thompson announced Friday that he intends on returning to use his final year of eligibility. Jamyron Keller and Connor Dow haven’t officially announced returns, but they also haven’t entered the transfer portal, which closes Wednesday. With high school signee Jeremiah Johnson also sticking with the Pokes, that means the Cowboys have seven players on the roster and that Lutz has six scholarships to use.

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