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Apr 29

Draft Express On the Departing Cats

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Category: Basketball

Jonathan Givony of SI’s Draft Express breaks down this year’s Kentucky entrants into the 2011 NBA draft. We all know this could change come May 8th but it’s worth the look:

The no-brainers:

Terrence Jones, SF/PF, Freshman, Kentucky
A likely lottery pick despite seeing a sharp decline in production over the second half of the season, Jones’ decision became easier with each projected lottery pick that elected to return to school leading up to his announcement.

Enes Kanter, PF/C, Freshman, Kentucky
Kanter never played a game for the Wildcats, as he was ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA for receiving more than $33,000 in impermissible benefits while playing for a Turkish club team. But he’s still one of the best bigs in the draft and a projected top-10 pick.

Brandon Knight, PG/SG, Freshman, Kentucky
Potentially a top-five pick after a strong NCAA tournament run, Knight had a lot more to lose than gain by returning for his sophomore season.

Could have gone either way:

DeAndre Liggins, SG/SF, Junior, Kentucky
A top-rated high school recruit who took a little longer than expected to make the transition — partially due to coaching changes — Liggins blossomed late in the season and is known as one of the best perimeter defenders in this group. He may not have shown quite enough to secure himself a spot in the first round, though, which could force him to return to Kentucky for his senior season.

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