Originally written April 18, 2012 on BeyondUSports:
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All Five Starters for Kentucky Wildcats Entering NBA Draft
“Anthony, Doron and Terrence have decided to put their names in the NBA Draft,” Cal said of the three players sitting to his right before pausing, and finishing his statement: “Michael and Marquis have also decided to put their name in the NBA Draft.” –John Calipari
To no surprise, all five starters for the national champion Kentucky Wildcats have declared for the NBA draft.  That is just the way John Calipari runs his program.  He brings in the best recruits, he coaches them up to the best of his ability, he teaches them the concept of a team, and he sends them off to the NBA when it is in their best interest and that is exactly why the top talent in the country will continue to play for him year in and year out. Without question, freshman Anthony Davis will be the first pick in the draft.  Fellow freshman Michal Kidd-Gilchrist and sophomore Terrence Jones are likely to be NBA lottery picks too.  Freshman PG Marquis Teague should get drafted in the first round too with Doron Lamb most likely falling to the second round. image credit: calgarysun.com Having lost two seniors as well (Darius Miller will be drafted and Eloy Vargas left the program), the Wildcats have now lost a total of seven players from their title-winning squad.  But don’t worry, there will be no “rebuilding” at Kentucky as they are already a preseason No.1 favorite thanks to the recruiting of John Calipari who brought in Nerlens Noel, Alex Poythress, Archie Goodwin and Willie Cauley.  If Doron Lamb and Darius Miller get drafted in the first round, Coach Cal will have gotten 6 players drafted in round 1 which would just be a remarkable accomplishment, having broke his own record in 2010. Calipari on losing his players:
“This is a players’ first program. I said it three years ago. During the season, it’s about our team. You saw it in this year’s team, they were about each other,” coach John Calipari said. “When the season is over, it’s about moments like this.”
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