Report: Mark Pope complete the signing of his dream player

Kentucky has signed former Dayton sharpshooter Koby Brea, known as a coin-flip shooter.
New Kentucky head coach Mark Pope, whose BYU team attempted the third most three-pointers in America last season, has signed the country’s best three-point shooter from the previous year.

Dayton transfer guard Koby Brea signed with the Wildcats on Wednesday after a visit to Lexington. He chose the Cats over fellow powerhouses UConn, Kansas, Duke, and North Carolina.

“By the numbers, Koby Brea is the most efficient mid-to-high major player in college basketball in the last decade,” Pope stated in a press statement. “He’s the best returning shooter in college basketball next season. Koby is a violent, dangerous man who is also a wonderful person with an amazing family. He will be instrumental in allowing us to play the style of basketball that we enjoy most. “Koby and this group will take Big Blue Nation on an incredible ride.”

“His (Pope’s) style of play complements my strengths as a basketball player,” Brea told ESPN’s Jonathan Givony. “He’s shown to be one of the top three-point shooters. Nobody in college basketball can shoot off the grab, off the bounce, and off the move as well as I do.”
“The main thing I’m looking forward to is assisting Coach Pope and the University of Kentucky in raising another banner. Replace that 8 with a 9! I’m also excited to pick Coach Pope’s brain, enhance my game, and be challenged to be the best version of myself every day. After talking with my family and agency, we agreed to use this summer to train like a pro, gain

“Kentucky is the perfect place to do that, while performing on one of the biggest stages.”


Brea, a 6-foot-6 native of Washington Heights, New York, has played for Dayton the past four seasons.

As a freshman in the 2020-21 season, he started three games and averaged 2.9 points per game, while as a sophomore, he started four games and averaged 8.1 points and 2.9 rebounds while shooting 43.6 percent from the field and 42.3 percent from three. His second season garnered him A10 Sixth-Man of the Year recognition.
Brea started 10 out of 28 games during his junior season in 2022-23. He averaged 6.8 points per game, 3.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and shot 36.3%.

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