National player of the year Anthony Davis and the Kentucky Wildcats starting lineup all announced in a combined press conference that they would be entering the NBA Draft together, the same way they won the NCAA national championship.
“This is a players’ first program,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said to open Tuesday night’s news conference. “During the season, it’s about the team. … When the season is over, it’s about moments like this.”
Davis, fellow freshmen Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague and sophomores Doron Lamb and Terrence Jones are all foregoing their remaining eligibility by declaring for the draft. The NCAA’s deadline to withdraw their names from the pool of draft eligible players passed April 12th.
All five players are expected to be drafted in the first round of the NBA draft in June. Davis (14.2 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 4.7 bpg) is projected as the overall top prospect available this season, with Jones (12.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg) and Kidd-Gilchrist (11.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg) also projected as possible lottery prospects. Lamb (13.7 ppg, .466 3P%) and Teague (10.0 ppg, 4.8 apg) are projected to be selected in the mid-to-late half of the first round.
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