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As expected, Kentucky’s five starters headed to NBA

Apr 17, 2012, 11:42 PM EDT

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It’s now official — Kentucky’s five young starters are headed to the NBA.

Anthony Davis (the lock No. 1 overall pick in the draft), Terrence Jones, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Doran Lamb and Marquis Teague all sat beside John Calipari at a press conference Tuesday, said they loved being Wildcats but it was time to go after their NBA dreams.

Every one of them could go in the first round. DraftExpress (like everyone else on the planet) has Davis going No. 1, Kidd-Gilchrist No. 3, Jones No. 11, Teague No. 18 and Lamb early in the second round, but he could move up with a good combine and team workouts.

  1. cosanostra71 - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    did Davis do a little cosmetic work on the unibrow?

  2. twil59 - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    As a UK fan I hate the one and dones. Give me 5 Darius Millers and I’ll take my chances with a 4 year player like him every year.

  3. storebrandcookies - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    I know this article is about the Kentucky starters, but anyone know if Darius Miller is going to the draft. If he does there could be a record six Kentucky players chosen in the first round!

  4. paulydefense - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    Miller is a senior so he will be in the draft. Some mocks have him going in the first round, and others don’t.

  5. iowahbr - Apr 18, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    The NCAA is so blinded by the TV package money that they don’t realize they are playing with fire. If the top 5 to 10 college programs turn into 1 year NBA mini camps all the special nature of the March tourney will be lost. No more Butlers but just a long slow trip so that the top 5 “one and out” teams can knock each other off. Will get old quickly and I thought college sports was about student athletes rather than NBA prep.

    What the NCAA needs to install is a rule that over a 6 or 7 year period you must graduate a certain percentage of your scholarship players to qualify to play in the tourney. (NCAA needs to look at the stats to set the parameters of the requirement) This will not end the 1 and out process but it will limit the number of one and out players any school can afford to recruit. Become an NBA training camp like Kentucky and after a few years you can’t play in March madness.

    This year Kentucky looked like they were playing 4 or 5 professional basketball players of their 5 rather than student athletes who also happened to be good b-ball players. 1 year and they were gone. This type of thing makes the potential for the Cinderella story in March almost impossible and will make the best 5 to 10 college teams little more than NBA training sites which is a shame.

    • rpb1234 - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:10 PM

      Perhaps if the NCAA shared some of the $$$ they were making off of these teenagers, they might be more inclined to stay. The NCAA does not care for the student athlete at all. They are solely looking to maintain their revenue stream.

      • lyndseymarieee - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:44 PM

        I say this every time I see people using this argument (since the debate of whether or not to pay NCAA football players has flared up in the past few years). Athletes who go to college on a full ride scholarship are getting paid. Maybe not with actual, physical money that they can do whatever they wish with. But they are getting paid. With free education. Something most of us will never have the opportunity to have. To say these kids should be getting a paycheck once a month or whatever is absolutely absurd. Sure, maybe if they can rope in endorsements while still playing college ball, the NCAA should not prevent that. But it is not up to the school, who is already shelling out money to put these kids through classes, to pay them.

      • iowahbr - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:29 PM

        You are right about the NCAA not really caring about student welfare but don’t mislead yourself into thinking that any of the above 5 were real students. They were there to get ready for the NBA. Given the NBA’s money if it wants to fund a development league for youngsters under 19 no complaint from me.

  6. cornedbeefhashinacan - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    There’s not that many good one and doners to turn all the top schools into Kentucky type sellouts.

  7. lakerluver - Apr 18, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    FIVE guys from the same team in the 1st round?! 3 of them lottery picks?!!! UNBELIEVABLE!!!!

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