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Report: Anthony Davis, other Kentucky stars to declare for draft Tuesday

Apr 16, 2012, 8:48 PM EDT

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Not even the most die-hard Kentucky fan — say, Ashley Judd — really thought Anthony Davis or the rest of the top players on Kentucky were coming back for another year.

That will become reality Tuesday when Davis (the lock No. 1 overall pick and likely franchise player) as well as Terrence Jones, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Doran Lamb and Marquis Teague of Kentucky all will hold a joint press conference, at which each and each one is expected to declare for the NBA draft, as reported on NBC’s CollegeBasketballTalk.

Yes, Kidd-Gilchrist has repeatedly denied he was turning pro, but it would be a shock if the lock top five pick did not jump into the draft.

There’s a reason that these guys are all turning pro (and a reason Kentucky won the national title). DraftExpress in their current mock draft has Davis going No. 1, Kidd-Gilchrist No. 3, Jones No. 11, Teague No. 18 and Lamb early in the second round.

None of this is a surprise, this is how the John Calipari system works (see John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Knight, and we could go on and on). But this group is fully committed if they declare — the new (and silly) NCAA rule says that the last day to withdraw your name from consideration for the draft was April 10. The NBA says players have to April 29 to declare, but now once you are in you are in, there is no time to “test the waters.” (How is this the NCAA is looking after the student athletes? Oh, we’ll save that rant for another day.)

  1. cosanostra71 - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    now that he no longer plays for Calipari I’m officially an Anthony Davis fan

    • drunkenjunk - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:14 PM

      What’s wrong with Cal? He helps these kids, its mutually beneficial.

      • cosanostra71 - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:32 PM

        I would say breaking NCAA rules is “wrong”

  2. drunkenjunk - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    he didn’t make the one and done rule. He’s one of the best coaches in college ball and is a great recruiter. Most of his kids have good GPA’s while enrolled as well.

    • cosanostra71 - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:16 PM

      Yeah it’s not hard to get good GPAs when you have other people taking your SATs and presumably classes for you.

      • drunkenjunk - Apr 17, 2012 at 3:31 AM

        No evidence of that at Kentucky. Besides, we should all be thanking Cal. The entire tournament was almost unwatchable minus Kentucky. They were the only entertaining team.

      • cosanostra71 - Apr 17, 2012 at 6:04 PM

        no evidence of it? Yeah, I’m sure the NCAA made him forfeit Final Fours because they’re just big meanies.

  3. hojo20 - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Why would Lamb declare if he’s a projected second rounder? There’s no guaranteed money.

  4. edpannell32 - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    What rule did Calipari break? Did he tell Canny to take money? Was he proven to hire someone to take D Rose test?

  5. xli2006 - Apr 17, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    …And the dagger digs into the back of College Basketball just a little deeper.

  6. ncarolinarn7 - Apr 17, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    Welcome to the Charlotte Bobcats!

  7. buffalodave10 - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    The Bobcats will be good in another 2-3 drafts.

  8. zhangocracy - Apr 17, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    “at which each and each one is expected to declare for the NBA draft”

    This is why English 101 should be taught before Journalism 101.

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