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#pounditWednesday, February 1, 2023

Entire Kentucky team submitting names for NBA Draft consideration

John Calipari

This is a new one – John Calipari’s entire Kentucky team, walk-ons included, will be submitting their names into the NBA Draft pool.

Calipari said so on Twitter, but don’t read too much into it – under the rules, this can be done up to three times, and it doesn’t mean the entire team is going to enter the draft and not come back.

By rule, players can attend the combine and still withdraw from the draft within ten days of its conclusion, so there’s really zero reason not to do this. A number of players won’t even be invited to the combine and will return to school, so this is just sort of a grandiose statement on Calipari’s part for no obvious reason. Jamal Murray, Tyler Ulis, and Skal Labissiere are likely gone, along with senior Alex Poythress. The rest of the team is likely to be back, augmented by a strong recruiting class, including a kid that could guarantee keeping the coach in Lexington for at least four more years.

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