The Kentucky Wildcats were running a straight pipeline to the National Basketball Association last college basketball season, and now they will see seven of their best players head to the NBA, as a projected number one overall pick Karl-Anthony Towns leads the way for the players declaring for the draft, followed by Willie Cauley-Stein, Trey Lyles, Devin Booker, Dakari Johnson, and the Harrison twins Andrew and Aaron who declared for the draft yesterday.
“We just wanted to chase our dreams,” Towns said at the news conference announcing multiple players declaring for the NBA Draft.
“It’s the start of something big for all of us, and it’s definitely a tough decision,” Cauley-Stein said.
“I’m not convincing anyone to stay, and I’m not pushing anyone out the door,” Kentucky head coach John Calipari said. “This is their choice, with their family.”
The Wildcats finished two wins shy of a perfect season finishing at 38-1 after losing their Final Four game versus the Wisconsin Badgers 71-64. The Wildcats aren’t losing everyone, however, as Tyler Ullis, Marcus Lee, and Alex Poythress will all be returning to Kentucky next season.
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