The NBA Draft decisions for the Kentucky Wildcats team are looming as the NCAA early entry deadline is this week even though the NBA deadline is not until later this month.
The only reason for the NCAA-mandated deadline is for coaches to have an idea of who is staying and going. In theory, this is supposed to make it easier for recruiting purposes but most players that have committed to play college basketball have almost always signed by this point. True, there are some that will wait until the Jordan game before announcing a decision.
The early entry deadline, as mandated by the NCAA, is not fair to the players that are still gathering information. Even if they are “one and done” going into the season, it might not be the case. The NBA doesn’t care about the NCAA deadline and don’t even think for a minute that they would ever abide by what the NCAA wants. They have the later deadline for a reason.
It is my hope that as many of these Cats come back as possible because Calipari will want that veteran leadership next season. If he says that he never wants to coach another team as young as it was this past season, I’d like for him to follow up on that. Talk as many of these guys into coming back as possible.