Thursday, April 8, 2010

Kentucky Wildcats: One and Done

Five underclassmen members of John Calipari's Kentucky Wildcat basketball team have declared for the upcoming NBA draft. Four of the five are freshmen who decided one year in the blue grass state was enough. Everyone knew that John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins would leave early, and they are joined by fellow freshmen Daniel Orton and Eric Bledsoe. Junior forward Patrick Patterson is also loading his U-Haul and leaving without a national title, but hopefully a college diploma. Patterson is one of those collegiate athletes who seems like he has been in college seven years. I would have believed he was a junior years ago. Oh well...Calipari will now have only five returning players from this year's squad. Last year was considered a rebuilding year, and the Wildcats went 35-3 with the Southeastern Conference regular season and tournament titles. I wouldn't bet against Kentucky being successful again next year, but I would bet against 35-3. John Wall was responsible for several of those "35s" and his type of player doesn't fall in your lap every year.

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