Kentucky Loses Starting Five to Association
The “Fab Five” talked about going to the NBA together but it never happened. Kentucky will lose three freshman and two sophomores next season to the league. Freshmen Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague, and sophomores Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb declared for the draft in a nationally televised news conference Tuesday night.
They will join teammate Darius Miller in the draft, who was their sixth man and lone senior contributor last season. Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist are expected to go 1-2 in the draft and Jones is expected to be a top 10 pick. Lamb has a strong chance of getting drafted in the first round as his motor will be a valuable commodity on on any team.
It was all smiles this past season for Kentucky and will be in the future. photo credit: http://cdn.bleacherreport.net/
John Calipari talked all season long about the one and done rule not being named “The Calipari Rule” and his players are just following their dreams. The one player many felt could use another year in the college game is Teague. It will be interesting to see where he goes based on his natural ability and high ceiling.
In 2010, Calipari saw five of his former players taken in the first round, led by No. 1 overall pick John Wall. Kyle Wiltjer is the lone returning freshman and the rest of the team made up just 6% of total minutes played last year. Big Blue Nation should not worry as they have the No. 1 overall recruiting class next season led by Nerlens Noel, Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin. This is the fourth straight year Calipari has had the top recruiting class and with Wiltjer and transfer Ryan Harrow, Kentucky will likely start three freshman and two sophomores once again.
Noel made it clear he was going to Kentucky last week on National Signing Day. photo credit: http://a.espncdn.com/
The Wildcats will lose 93.3 percent of their points, 94.5 percent of their individual rebounds and 96.2 percent of their assists. This would have every coach in college basketball scrambling for late signees and transfers, except for one Mr. John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats.
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