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UK Standouts To Enter NBA Draft

Six members of the University of Kentucky national championship basketball team, including five underclassmen, will enter the NBA draft in June.     

Freshmen Anthony Davis, Marquis Teague and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and sophomores Doron Lamb and Terrence Jones announced tonight that they will forego their college eligibility and enter the draft, along with senior Darius Miller.

Davis (pictured) is projected to be the top pick in the June 28 draft.

The six players led Kentucky this month to its eighth national championship and its first NCAA title since 1998.

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Kanter, Knight Among Top NBA picks

Five college basketball players with Kentucky connections were selected in yesterday’s National Basketball Association draft.

UK’s Enes Kanter was taken third overall by the Utah Jazz. Kanter never played for the Wildcats after being declared ineligible by the NCAA.

UK guard Branden Knight was the eight overall pick, going to the Detroit Pistons.

Morehead State’s Kenneth Faried was the 22nd first round pick, going to the Denver Nuggets.

Former Kentucky standouts Josh Harrellson and DeAndre Liggins were drafted in the second round by New Orleans and Orlando, respectively. Harrellson was later traded to the New York Knicks for cash.

Butler’s Shelvin Mack, a native of Lexington, was chosen in the second round by Washington.

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Samardo Samuels Leaving U of L

By Rick Howlett

University of Louisville basketball standout Samardo Samuels won’t return to the team for his junior season.

Samuels announced last month he would explore his options before deciding whether to come back, but now says he will hire an agent and remain in the NBA draft.

Coach Rick Pitino says he told Samuels that making the leap to the NBA will be a challenge, but the native of Jamaica is leaving for the right reasons.

“He said ‘coach, you’ve got to understand…my father sometimes drives a taxi, it’s not like driving a taxi in New York…it’s very dangerous in Jamaica, and my mother….they’ve sacrificed for me, and if I have to make a decision it’s not based on the fact on i don’t want to come back, it’s based on i want to help my family,'” Pitino said Wednesday

Pitino says he’s been trying to arrange some workouts for Samuels with pro teams ahead of the draft.

 

(Photo of Samardo Samuels courtesy of University of Louisville)