canada africa partner reservation John Calipari brings another former Kentucky player to Arkansas via transfer

John Calipari brings another former Kentucky player to Arkansas via transfer


John Calipari is still rebuilding the Arkansas roster for his first season with the Razorbacks. In the process, the head coach has brought in another player he knows well.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Borzello and Jonathan Givony, the Razorbacks are bringing in Kentucky transfer Adou Thiero. The 6-foot-4 forward is already a player on the rise with regard to the 2025 NBA Draft, following Calipari after two seasons with the Wildcats.

“I started with Coach Cal and want to see it through with him,” he said. “I’m very excited to join the family and ready to get started… Having already played for him and developed after two years, I feel like he knows my game and put me in the right position will bring me to succeed and achieve my goals.”

Thiero made a big jump from his freshman to his sophomore season. Last season he started 19 games (25 appearances) and averaged 7.2 points and 4 rebounds. He shot 49% from the floor and just under 53% from beyond the arc.

Impact on Arkansas

Calipari has worked hard to reshape the Razorbacks for his first season, and he has used a number of key SEC transfers to make it happen. Along with Thiero, Arkansas also added former Wildcat Zvonimir Ivisic.

Former Tennessee big man Jonas Aidoo gives the Razorbacks a trio of SEC transfers, and that group is poised to make a big impact right away. Johnell Davis, a 6-foot-1 guard from FAU, is the other transfer currently headed to Arkansas.

Along with the more experienced presence these players will bring, Arkansas has taken on some ultra-elite high school commitments this cycle. After originally committing to Kentucky while Calipari was there, the Razorbacks have since added commitments from Boogie Fland, Karter Knox and Billy Richmond. Each of these players is a 5-star recruit for the 2024 recruiting class.

With that kind of firepower, Calipari and Arkansas will be competing for the SEC title in the 2024-2025 season.