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Sources: Kentucky transfer D.J. Wagner commits to Arkansas basketball | Whole Hog Sports

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Reliable sources have told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that D.J. Wagner, a former Kentucky guard who was a consensus 5-star prospect in high school, committed to Arkansas this weekend.

Wagner is the eighth addition to the roster since Arkansas Coach John Calipari was hired from Kentucky on April 10. 

The roster had zero scholarship players when Calipari and staff took over and now have the top transfer class in the nation. Arkansas’ transfer class was rated No. 1 nationally by 247Sports prior to Wagner’s pledge. 

Six of Arkansas’ commits — three transfers and three freshmen — previously played for or were committed to Kentucky.

The Razorbacks’ high school signing class is rated No. 2 nationally by On3.com. 

Wagner officially visited Fayetteville and reportedly also visited Southern Cal. 

Wagner, 6-4 and 192 pounds, started 28 of 29 games and averaged 9.9 points, 3.3 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game as a freshman for the Wildcats and was selected to the All-SEC Freshman Team in 2023-24. 

He was named SEC freshman of the week three times. Wagner had 27 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds in two victories over Arkansas. 

Wagner had a career-high 28 points, 5 assists and 3 steals in a win over Marshall. 

His father, DaJuan Wagner, played for Calipari at Memphis and was the No. 6 overall selection of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2002 NBA Draft. 

His grandfather, Milt Wagner, starred at Louisville and was part of the Cardinals’ 1986 national championship team.

Wagner was rated the No. 1 combo guard and No. 6 overall recruit in the 2023 class by on3.com.

He played in the 2023 McDonald’s All-American game and was named MVP. He earned co-MVP honors at the 2023 Iverson Classic.

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