The speculation is over, and the Big Blue Nation’s suspicions are confirmed.
Wednesday, the University of Kentucky announced that five, yes five, UK players will enter their names in the NBA draft before their eligibility is up at the school.
As expected, John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson, Daniel Orton and Eric Bledsoe will all leave school prematurely seeking NBA riches. We wish them nothing but success.
No word has been released yet on which of them will hire agents, though Orton has previously stated that he will not, meaning that he’ll retain his eligibility if the draft doesn’t go to his liking.
The BBL has contended for some time now that all five of these players would be potential lottery picks when they decided to leave. We feel the same way today.
All in all, it would be a pretty epic and unprecedented sight to see five players from the same team go in the first round of the NBA draft.
But at what cost does this come for the UK basketball program?
It is our belief, first off, that Coach Calipari has foreseen this scenario for quite a while now. As of earlier this week, Cal also scoffed at rumors of his departure to the NBA, stating in more or less terms that recruiting was still looking good.
So what is the truth? How are the Cats going to look next year?
We aren’t completely sure. But we firmly expect two or three more impact commitments and at least one or two JUCO players.
Kentucky will also need to wait a little longer to find out what happens to Darnell Dodson and Jon Hood, both of whom have hinted that they intend to transfer.
The fact of the matter is, a huge turnover must be expected. But on the bright side, Kentucky turned over its roster last year, and the Cats won 35 games.
If anyone can engineer a quick fix, it’s the guy who is better known than anyone else for recruiting the one-and-done, instant impact players. Yeah, that’s right, the guy who coaches at Kentucky today.
We’ll discuss this more in depth as the story develops. But we want to sign off by offering up a thanks and best wishes to the players departing Kentucky. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see enough of them, but their short tenure at the school will not soon be forgotten.go back