Friday, May 20, 2011

Calipari told Knight to stay in NBA Draft

John Calipari said he knew Miami native Brandon Knight needed to test his talents in the 2011 NBA draft.

“I told Brandon, when I knew he was No. 3 through 8, I hugged him and said “I loved coaching ya, I wanna keep coaching you, but you need to do this,” John Calipari told the Orlando Sentinel Friday.

John Calipairi said he believes Brandon Knight will go in the first round of the NBA draft anywhere from the No. 3 to No. 8 pick.

Video: Brandon Knight Talks About the 2011 NBA Draft

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Sunday, May 08, 2011

UK's DeAndre Liggins to stay in NBA Draft

UK's DeAndre Liggins announced Sunday that he'll stay in the 2011 NBA Draft. Liggins worked out for the NJ Nets over the weekend and it was reported that he one of a few that stood out in the workout. Liggins played a big role in UK's 2011 NCAA Final Four run.

Liggins comments:

“Coach (Calipari) encouraged me to come back for my senior season, but based on the feedback I got from NBA personnel, I felt it was in the best interests of me and family to stay in the draft,” Liggins said. “I learned a lot in my three years here at Kentucky, and I appreciate all the support I got from the people at UK as well as the Big Blue Nation.”

Coach Cal on the decision:
I feel comfortable that DeAndre had all the information that he needed to make this decision. I fully support what he’s doing and I will do everything I can to help him reach his dreams.

Video: UK signee Micheal Gilchrist

Video of UK signee Micheal Gilchrist in action at the 2011 McDonald's All-American skills competition

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Terrance Jones will return to UK

Terrence Jones announced today that he'll return to Kentucky for his sophomore season and remove his name from the NBA Draft. Terrence Jones was named Third Team All-America by Yahoo! and received Freshman All-America status by several media outlets. Jones was also named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year by the league coaches and SEC Newcomer of the Year by the Associated Press.

Jones Twitter:

I've been enjoying being a college player & plan on striving to reach my goal of winning #8 here at UK. I can't leave the BBN just yet.

Calipari comments:
“I’m very happy for Terrence and his family because he did the right thing for his future but he had to come to that conclusion,” UK head coach John Calipari said. “He told me he wanted to continue enjoying the college experience and I told him that was fine by me.”

Friday, May 06, 2011

UK's Knight to Stay in NBA Draft

Kentucky's All-American freshman Brandon Knight announced Friday that he will keep his name in June's NBA draft, forgoing his final three years of eligibility. Knight received All-America honors from and was named Freshman All-America by several outlets. Knight's performance in the NCAA Tournament earned him the East Region Most Outstanding Player and Knight was also named SEC Freshman of the Year by several media outlets.

Here's a few comments from Knight:

“This past year was a great experience for me,” Knight said. “With all of the accomplishments that my teammates and I were able to make, making it to the Final Four, it was a great run for us. … I just want to thank Big Blue Nation for all of the support. I want to thank the coaching staff. The tough times they put me through only made me better as a player. I love playing with my teammates. I have a great group of guys around me. We pulled it together through a lot of tough times. When a lot of people didn’t think we could do certain things, we got stronger as a group.”

"My main goal was to be a top-10 pick. Nothing's for sure in the draft, but I wanted to hear something like that," Knight said. "A lot of feedback was in that area. Coach Cal basically said whatever my decision was, he'd have a lot of confidence in me and he told me to test the waters, and the feedback was great."

"It affected my decision a little bit," Knight said. "I had to think about it. With the possibility of being a top-10 pick, you don't get that opportunity all the time so I had to take that seriously."

"The way I was playing at the beginning of the year, I couldn't have gone anywhere," Knight said.

"My main goal was to come here to get better and compete for a national championship and I think we did that," he said. "I think this opportunity just came up toward the end of the year and it was something I had to look into and take seriously."

With Knight now officially staying in the 2011 NBA Draft. UK and the fans now wait for Terrance Jones and Deandre Liggins to decide on the NBA future. They have till May 8 to withdraw from the draft. Jones has said, that he is 50/50 and signs are pointing that Jones and Liggins will return for another season at UK. However, we'll know for sure in the next 2 days when they announce their decisions..

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