Seven Kentucky players follow their dreams and declare for NBA Draft
04/09/2015 02:42 PM
Seven players from the 2015 Final Four team announced during a press conference today that they will declare for the NBA draft.
Coach Calipari announced that junior forward Alex Poythress will make his decision after discussing further with his family.
Despite only playing one season in college and sharing time with three other seven-footers, Karl-Anthony Towns played himself into the number one overall pick in the upcoming NBA draft in June, according to draftexpress.com . Towns, who played just more than 21 minutes a game this season, averaged 10.3 ppg and 6.7 rpg.
Willie Cauley-Stein, who many expected to declare after last season, was the first to unofficially announce his decision. He did so shortly after exiting the court for the last time as a Wildcat when UK lost to Wisconsin in the Final Four.
Despite sharing time this season in the platoon system, Willie’s numbers were the highest in his three-year career in Lexington. The seven-footer averaged 8.9 ppg and 6.4 rpg while logging just more than 25 minutes a game. The latest draft projections have Willie going 6th overall to Sacramento. A prospect that is sure to be exciting for Wildcat fans who would like to see the twin towers of WCS and DeMarcus Cousins on the court next season.
The two other freshmen that officially threw their names into the draft today, Devin Booker and Trey Lyles, are both expected to be first round selections. Devin is projected as going #17 overall to the Washington Wizards and Lyles is looking at the #19 pick to Milwaukee.
Sophomore Dakari Johnson, who many UK faithful held out hope would return, declared today as well. Despite playing just 16 minutes a game, Dakari averaged 6.4 ppg and 4.6 rpg. Dakari is projected as a 2nd round selection, possibly joining up with former Cats Tayshaun Prince and Jodie Meeks in Detroit.
Also headed to the league next season are the Harrison twins. News leaked yesterday afternoon that the brothers from Texas had signed with an agent yesterday so this afternoon’s announcement was a formality for them. Andrew is projected to be a mid to late second round selection while Aaron is not currently listed on the boards. According to Coach Cal, both should see their stocks soar once they audition for scouts at the combines.
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