Kentucky's starting five declare for NBA Draft
Lexington, KY (Sports Network) - All five of the University of Kentucky's top underclassmen declared for the NBA Draft on Tuesday.
Freshmen Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague and sophomores Doron Lamb and Terrence Jones helped guide Kentucky to its eighth NCAA national basketball title earlier this month and made their announcement alongside head coach John Calipari at Tuesday's press conference.
"Let me just say that Anthony, Doron, and Terrence have decided to put their names in the NBA Draft," Calipari said before pausing. "Michael and Marquis Teague have also decided to put their names in the NBA Draft," he continued. "I tried to scare some coaches out there, that's all I was doing."
Davis, who won the 2012 Naismith Trophy as the National Player of the Year, is considered the near-consensus No. 1 pick. He averaged 14.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and blocked 186 shots this past season.
"At the beginning of the year I never thought I'd have this dream, or that this dream would come true...to go to the NBA or get a chance to go to the NBA," said the 6-foot-10-inch, 220-pound Davis.
While Lamb was second on the team in scoring in 2011-12 (13.7 ppg), Kidd- Gilchrist is widely considered the second-best Kentucky prospect.
The versatile forward started 39-of-40 games this past season, averaging 11.9 points and 7.4 rebounds while shooting 49 percent from the field.
"I want to thank my family, friends, the coaching staff and the fan base. These guys right here," said Kidd-Gilchrist, flanked by his teammates, "they mean a lot to me."
04/17 20:17:37 ET