Kentucky Basketball: Why Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Needs Another Year in College

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Kentucky Basketball: Why Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Needs Another Year in College
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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist might just be the second-best player in the country, after his Kentucky Wildcats teammate Anthony Davis. 

If he enters the draft, Kidd-Gilchrist will probably be a top-five pick or, at the very least, top-10.

But Kidd-Gilchrist made headlines by telling reporters that he would not declare for the draft and instead, he'd continue playing for Kentucky. But of course, a few weeks later, the counter-rumors came out that Kidd-Gilchrist would definitely declare for the draft. 

So what should he do? Stay or go? 

Kidd-Gilchrist has one of the most exciting skill sets in college basketball. His passion for the game and vigor with which he approaches every possession is unrivaled. 

But is he ready for the next level? Sometimes, players enter the draft before they are truly ready and never live up to their potential in the NBA.

Kidd-Gilchrist is a terrific defender, rebounder and open-floor player, but his game is by no means complete. There are still a number of things he needs to work on in order to be an outstanding player. 

If Kidd-Gilchrist decides to return to Kentucky for his sophomore season, he could become the best player in college basketball and a successful pro player.

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