Bam Adebayo declares for NBA Draft, but won't hire an agent

04/05/2017 11:13 AM

Kentucky freshman Bam Adebayo announced Wednesday that he’s entered his name into the 2017 NBA Draft, but does not plan to sign with an agent, leaving the possibility to return for a sophomore season.

In a press release, Adebayo said, “This process we went through at Kentucky was a tough but a rewarding one. It was everything I wanted when I decided to come to Kentucky. It taught me a lot. It taught me how to be a better man on and off the court. I have improved so much since the beginning of the season thanks to the hard work of the coaching staff. They helped me with every step of the process along the way and they never gave up on me.

“I want to thank my teammates. I couldn’t have asked for a better group to grow with. We were all like brothers. I also want to thank the fans for their support and everything they do for us. Their passion is like nothing I’ve ever seen before.

“I feel I’m making the right step in declaring for the draft, but I want to be absolutely sure that I’m making the right decision for me and my mom. I’m looking forward to the process and I appreciate the support of the coaches, my teammates and the fans. No matter what happens, it’s been an unbelievable ride.”

John Calipari added, “Bam was our hardest worker this season. You’re talking about a player who can guard all five positions, has more perimeter skills than people know, and someone with size and a physique that immediately translates to that league. Bam is a great kid with a ton of upside. Should he decide to stay in the draft, he will be an outstanding four man in the NBA. Every organization needs character and Bam is a high-character kid who only cares about winning.”

Adebayo has until May 24 to withdraw from the NBA Draft and return to Kentucky.

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