UK NBA Draft Press Conference: Anticipated Announcements Rescheduled for Tonight

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistApril 17, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 02:  (L-R) Darius Miller #1, Anthony Davis #23, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist #14, Terrence Jones #3 and Marquis Teague #25 of the Kentucky Wildcats walk on the court in the second half against the Kansas Jayhawks in the National Championship Game of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on April 2, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Well, I guess we'll all have to wait a little longer to hear Kentucky's Anthony Davis, Terrence Jones, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Doron Lamb and Marquis Teague declare for the NBA draft.

The five were scheduled to hold a press conference today, where most believe all five underclassmen will announce they are jumping to the NBA after winning the national championship this season. That press conference has been bumped to this evening, however, as Dana O'Neil of ESPN tweeted:

RT @nicoleauerbach: Kentucky's press conference will now be at 7 pm tonight "due to unforeseen travel arrangements and academics schedules."

— Dana O'Neil (@dgoneil1) April 17, 2012

All five players are expected to be selected in the first round, with Davis almost assuredly being the top pick, Kidd-Gilchrist a likely top-five pick and Jones probably ending up a late lottery selection.

It would probably be a pretty rough day for Kentucky fans if the team didn't have a top-rated class coming in to replace them, led by the nation's top recruit, Nerlens Noel. Such is life for John Calipari's minor league program.

If we're being realistic, it wouldn't make much sense for any of these players to return. Having already accomplished a national championship and being assured of a first-round pick, the smart move is to take the next step.

You can go back and earn your degree. But it's hard to convince someone to turn down millions of dollars when they are being offered.


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