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Kentucky freshman Batouly Camara plans to transfer

Batouly Camara, left, averaged 5.1 points and 4.3 rebounds as a freshman at Kentucky and moved into the starting lineup for the Wildcats' final 13 games AP Photo/Sean Rayford

Batouly Camara, who averaged 5.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per game as a freshman for Kentucky, says she plans to transfer.

The 6-foot-2 forward, a regular in the Wildcats' starting lineup down the stretch, declined to provide an explanation for her decision and said she had not yet started the process of finding a new home.

Camara, a New York native and graduate of Blair Academy in New Jersey, said her first order of business is getting through finals, which begin next week, and then she would start doing her research on schools. Camara had a breakout game in her second career start in February against South Carolina, scoring a season-high 14 points and grabbing nine rebounds.

After that game, coach Matthew Mitchell had this to say to the Lexington Herald-Leader: "There is no one who has gotten harder times from the coach this year than Batouly. And she just shows up the next day with a smile on her face and tries to get better."

The Kentucky roster has required more than a few erasers to maintain as of late. At the end of 2015, four players departed in boom-boom-boom-boom fashion. It started in October when sophomore Chrishae Rowe, a transfer from Oregon, was dismissed by Mitchell for failing to uphold the program's standards. Then, junior Linnae Harper, who had earned all-SEC defensive honors as a sophomore, left Lexington and landed at Ohio State. In November, days before the start of the season, freshman Morgan Rich hit the road for Oklahoma. Finally, junior Kyvin Goodin-Rogers transferred to Western Kentucky.

After the season, little-used junior college transfer Ivana Jakubcova also opted to leave, and then came Camara's exit.

In addition, 2017 recruit Madison Treece, a 6-4 post player from Rock Bridge (Columbia, Missouri) who had given a verbal to Kentucky, has decided to reopen her recruitment, her mom, Kara Treece, said Monday. Treece is the No. 30 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Super 60. Her sister, McKenna Treece, is a sophomore center at Oklahoma.

Kentucky (25-8) was upset by Washington in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.