By LARRY VAUGHT
I have no idea what has been going on with the Kentucky women’s basketball team now that freshman forward Batouly Camara has been granted her unconditional release from the school and assistant coach Tamika Williams-Jeter has also resigned from coach Matthew Mitchell’s staff.
It was just a few weeks ago that UK confirmed that assistant coach Adeniyi Amadou, who had been praised by Mitchell during the season, would not be back next season, either. It is a continuation of the coaching turnover that has plagued Mitchell’s staff the last few years.
It’s not like Camara didn’t play. She started 14 games and played in all 33. By the end of the season, she had become a dependable player on both ends of the court.
However, what is really puzzling is that she becomes the sixth player that started the school year on UK’s roster who is now gone. And remember UK had a winning season again.
Now the Wildcats have just seven returning players next season to go with signees Lindsey Corsaro, a McDonald’s All-American, and Chanin Scott.
I had scheduled an interview with Corsaro for Monday night before any of Camara news broke and she said UK coaches preferred that she wait until she got on campus to do any interviews.
One of the state’s premier high school coaches also contacted me Monday night to see if I had any additional information on what was going on at UK. The coach wondered if this might impact Mitchell’s job status and how “weird” the whole scenario seemed.