Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: An Early Look at Who May Be Staying or Going

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Feb 23, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Alex Poythress (22) helps Missouri Tigers forward Laurence Bowers (21) up in the second half of the game at Rupp Arena. Kentucky defeated Missouri 90-83. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

I know, I know; the season isn’t over yet. The Wildcats still have two regular season games left and hopefully two tournaments to play in. And no, I’m not counting the NIT as a real tournament.

But one of the burning questions on the minds of Kentucky fans is who is staying for another year and who is going to the NBA draft once the season is completed? This question becomes more important than it usually is (we deal with this every season) as John Calipari has a monster class coming in 2013 and space may be limited on the team.

Add to the fact that the first year with mostly freshmen and almost no veteran leadership (besides you Julius) has been a bit of a flop thus far, it is important to know if any major contributors from the current roster will be staying in Lexington.

These two tweets added fuel to the fire (Per UK Recruiting @WildcatRecruits):

Goodwin / Noel – gone… Poythress / Harrow – probably gone… WCS – probably back. Wiltjer – back.

Staff is actually encouraging some of them to return… but certain guys already had their mind made up (even before the season began).

H/T to A Sea of Blue for publishing the tweets as I am no longer on twitter.

Now back to the subject at hand; this post isn’t about trying to figure out who “had their mind made up (even before the season began)”, but rather it’s a look at the likelihood of who stays and who goes. We will look at a couple of draft boards and find out who is speculated to go and how high they are speculated to go.

Granted, all of the speculations could change over the next month if a player has a major break out during the NCAA tournament. But this is an intriguing question that I feel needs to be addressed.

All probabilities are pure speculation by me based on draft order, player personality, rumors, and gut instinct. This is all my opinion.

I used NBADraft.net, HoopsWorld.com (USA Today) and the Sporting News as the projections.

*Sporting News only projects the lottery picks.

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