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Report: Kentucky’s Kidd-Gilchrist will declare for NBA draft

Mar 22, 2012, 8:14 PM EDT

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This is bound to cause controversy. In part because some passionate fans of Kentucky do not want to believe it.

Kentucky’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will declare for the NBA draft, reports Chad Ford at ESPN (a pay-per-view article).

Multiple sources close to Kidd-Gilchrist told ESPN.com on Thursday that Kidd-Gilchrist will enter the 2012 NBA Draft after Kentucky’s season ends.

I hear you now — Kidd-Gilchrist said earlier this month that he was going to stay at Kentucky next season. He said he would graduate from the school. I know that. We hear the same thing every year. Guys say that and may mean it at the time but change their minds. There are the exceptions — Jared Sullinger last year who did stay last year at Ohio State — but for the most part guys say they will stay because it’s what people want to hear. Who wants to walk around campus after saying they are gone? Who wants to deal with local media and passionate alumni asking you about it or trying to change your mind every day? Say you’ll stay, then when you find out your actual draft status — ideally not what friends and agents tell you but rather what the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee tells you — make a decision.

In the case of Kidd-Gilchrist, DraftExpress has him going No. 3. It’s easy to see why — not only does he have skills but he has an incredible motor. This guy busts it for everything and can defend on the perimeter at an NBA level. He’ll not only help you in games, he’ll help you in practices because he will push everyone.

I think college players should be careful about declaring for the draft, but if you are a lock lottery pick like Kidd-Gilchrist there are financial risks to not coming out. And those are the kind of things that might change anyone’s mind.

Besides, maybe he will still get to play for John Calipari in the NBA.

  1. alan82386 - Mar 22, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    Who is this dude?is he good

  2. xli2006 - Mar 22, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Gee shock… a player from a one-and-done factory is going Pro. Pretty much most UK players are fair game to leave early.

    • zblott - Mar 22, 2012 at 11:01 PM

      It wouldn’t be a shock if Kyle Wiltjer suddenly decided to leave – that’s the kind of effect Calipari has on “student-athletes.”

  3. tcclark - Mar 22, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    He said he would graduate from Kentucky. he said nothing about playing basketball.

  4. zblott - Mar 22, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    No one can blame him for leaving. MKG is only recently getting his due for his cerebral, often stat-lacking game that some team will be very happy to have.

    http://www.behindthebasket.com/btb/2011/12/6/some-way-too-early-overratedunderrated-2012-draft-prediction.html

  5. protectthishouse54 - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Can’t blame him for leaving, but he should have taken the Dion Waiters approach:

    “I’ll think about that after we win the championship.”

  6. 700levelvet - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    He’s just leaving one paying job for a higher paying job…………As everyone else would……

  7. lakerluver - Mar 23, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    If he’s a “sure fire” top ten pick he’d be a fool to stay in college, unless he just happens to love the college life.

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