Transfers Koby Brea, Kerr Kriisa commit to Kentucky

League: NCAA Basketball

Posted on: 01 May, 2024 at 09:24 PM

Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Dayton transfer Koby Brea, one of the nation's best 3-point shooters, announced his commitment to Kentucky on Wednesday.

Later in the day, point guard Kerr Kriisa also joined the Kentucky program, raising the number of newcomers to nine since Mark Pope became coach of the Wildcats.

Kriisa played three seasons for Arizona before spending 2023-24 at West Virginia. He is a native of Estonia and confirmed his decision to ESPN.

Brea, a 6-foot-6 guard, drained 100 treys at a national-leading 49.8 percent clip during his fourth season with the Flyers in 2023-24. He averaged 11.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 33 games (four starts).

The two-time Atlantic 10 Conference Sixth Man of the Year chose the Wildcats over Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, UConn and others.

"Growing up, I was told I was dreaming too big whenever I'd say my dream was to play for the University of Kentucky," Brea told ESPN. "I feel like God does everything for a reason, and He has put me in a position where I'm able to play for my dream school in my last year of college, while playing for something bigger than myself."

Brea averaged 7.9 points and 3.1 rebounds and shot 43.4 percent from behind the arc over 113 games (21 starts) at Dayton. He made 224 treys and just 86 two-point baskets.

Pope recruited Brea on two occasions during his stint at BYU but came up empty both times. Brea is a good fit for Pope, whose BYU squad ranked third in the country last season in 3-pointers made per game (11.1).

Kriisa sports career averages of 9.7 points and 4.7 assists and has knocked down 238 3-pointers in 99 games (93 starts).

In his lone season at West Virginia, he averaged 11 points and 4.7 assists in 23 games (all starts). He made 61 3-pointers after twice making 80 or more for Arizona.

Brea and Kriisa become the sixth and seventh transfer additions for Pope, along with guards Lamont Butler (San Diego State) and Otega Oweh (Oklahoma) and forwards Andrew Carr (Wake Forest), Brandon Garrison (Oklahoma State) and Amari Williams (Drexel).

In addition, incoming freshmen guards Collin Chandler and Travis Perry have joined the program.

--Field Level Media