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Anthony Davis and Kentucky’s entire starting five to go pro

04/17/2012 at 5:29 pm By

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.

-ALR

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  1. Wake Up

    on 04/18/2012 - Reply

    Whoever thinks these kids should pay back the schools is light in the head. As one person already stated,these schools make millions off of these kids and they don’t see a single dime of it. The schools are looking out for themselves with their HIGHLY PAID staffs. These kids are right to look out for themselves as well and get their $$. Regarding scholarships, yes the schools allocate funding for full ride scholarships but guess what? If the kid doesn’t stick around to use it all for 4 years guess where the money goes? BACK TO THE SCHOOL!! These kids leave with nothing. They don’t get the cost of the scholarship up front in cash and then keep the balance when they leave. They owe the school NOTHING when they leave! I do however agree with another commenter in that there should be a minimum rule preventing the “one and done” moves if for no other reason than to ensure that these kids have at least a minimal education to prevent their lack of education being blamed on the school as well as the Pro athletic club should they leave and become a complete bust in the pros.

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