Posted April 20, 2011 by DJ Enuff in Sports

Kentucky Core goes NBA


The Kentucky Wildcats core goes NBA including: freshman phenom’s Brandon Knight and Terrence Jones, and junior DeAndre Liggins. They have left the possibility open of returning to Kentucky if they don’t like their draft prospects. Read the excerpt, courtesy ESPN:

“They were a joy to coach this year and I would love the opportunity to continue to coach them again next season,” Coach Calipari said in a statement released by the school. “I will always support my players in weighing their options and doing what is personally best for them and their families.”

Brandon Knight, a 6-foot-3 guard, led Kentucky in scoring, averaging 17.3 points per game. Knight broke the Kentucky freshman scoring record with 657 points. He was also named most outstanding player in the NCAA East Regional.

“Playing in the NBA has always been a dream of mine and this is the next step,” Knight said. “All season long, Coach has been tutoring me on the fine points of being a point guard, and now I have an opportunity to put my game on display in front of NBA scouts as a result of my hard work.”

Terrence Jones, a 6-foot-8 forward, averaged 15.7 points and 8.8 rebounds for the Wildcats. He led the SEC in both rebounding and double-doubles, with 13.

DeAndre Liggins, a 6-6 guard, is regarded as one of the top defensive players in the nation and was named to the SEC all-defensive team. He averaged 8.6 points per game and shot 39.1 percent from 3-point range.