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Kentucky players in no hurry to decide their NBA future

Apr 3, 2012, 12:24 PM EDT

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Next up for Kentucky? Re-loading.

The Wildcats should be among the teams to beat in 2012-13 despite the probability of losing all five starters and senior sixth man Darius Miller. Center Anthony Davis, the national player of the year, is a lock to be the No. 1 overall selection. Wing Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and forward Terrence Jones are lottery picks. Point guard Marquis Teague boosted his draft stock with a superb title game, while shooting guard Doron Lamb merely led all scorers in the 67-59 win against Kansas.

Not that any of them were willing to commit to the NBA after the win. Bask in the victory first, then decide.

“I’m going to wait, sit down with my coach, sit down with my family, see what the best decision is for me,” Davis said.

There’s little doubt he’s going. Same goes for the others. Kentucky coach John Calipari’s always maintained he’s proudest when his players get selected in the NBA draft. When five guys were taken in the 2010 draft, he declared it the biggest moment in school history.

They might get six this season. But even Calipari was coy about when any of the players might decide. The NCAA’s deadline to withdraw a player’s name from the NBA draft is April 11. That’s much earlier than the NBA’s deadline.

“We’re not going to worry about the (NCAA) date. Our guys will tell me when they want to tell me … whenever the date is to make a decision by the NBA standards,” Calipari said. “That’s the only one we’re going to the think about. So if they want to wait to make a decision by the (29th) when they have to by the NBA, that’s when they’ll make it.

“We’re not even … I don’t even know the other date, nor do I care.”

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  1. seanb20124 - Apr 3, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Will losing all these players early result in loss of available scholarships due to low graduation rates? See UCONN

  2. rob0527 - Apr 3, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Of course they r going pro. It’s not a matter of if but when will they announce it. Hey Cal u r such a smooth talker, talk these guys into staying and trying to repeat. If they come back they have chance to go down as best college team ever and good chance to go undefeated.
    So Cal use that mouth to keep guys in school.

    • anythingbutyanks - Apr 3, 2012 at 8:05 PM

      Potentially jeopardize their futures for the sake of pursuing something that gives them nothing put personal gratification? I’d love to see these Cats again next year, but I agree with Cal that any player projected as a lottery pick SHOULD go. There aren’t too many ways to earn millions doing something you love in this world, so why put off the chance when it presents itself?

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