Kentucky’s Starting Five Declares for NBA Draft

April 17, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
Kentucky Basketball News Conference
Kentucky players (along with their coach) from left to right Anthony Davis, Doron Lamb, Terrence Jones, Coach John Calipari, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Marquis Teague announce their intentions to enter the NBA Draft. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The 2012 National Champion Kentucky Wildcats will lose their entire starting lineup to the NBA.

Head coach John Calipari, along with starters Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrence Jones, Doron Lamb, and Marquis Teague, made the announcement together on Tuesday.

Said Calipari of the team-like announcement idea, “This was introduced to me as an idea from this team. They came to me and said, ‘We want to do this together’.”

National Player of the Year Anthony Davis as well as Kidd-Gilchrist and Teague are just freshmen while Jones and Lamb are sophomores. All five players are expected to be taken in the first round.

“When the season’s over it’s about moments like this” said Calipari, who will replace the class with another top-ranked incoming class of players next fall.

Kentucky will also be losing seniors Darius Miller and Eloy Vargas.