Kentucky Wildcats' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist To Enter 2012 NBA Draft, According To Report

The 2012 NBA draft has long been expected to be one of the best in quite awhile, but the depth of a given draft's talent pool is always subject to change depending on which players decide to stay in school. One of the players expected to land in 2012's top five, Kentucky Wildcats wing Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, is apparently leaning toward declaring for this year's draft.

Kidd-Gilchrist said earlier this year that he wants to graduate from Kentucky, but ESPN's Chad Ford reported on Thursday afternoon that the talented freshman is leaning toward taking his talents to the NBA.

Kentucky freshman forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will enter the 2012 NBA draft after the Wildcats' season ends, multiple sources told ESPN.com on Thursday.

"He hopes he'll be able to announce right after they win the NCAA championship," one source said. "But even if they don't win it all, he's coming. He knows he's going to be a top-5 pick. He can't pass that up."

It's terrible timing on Ford's part, considering Kidd-Gilchrist will now be bombarded with questions about the draft while trying to finish out his college career with an NCAA championship, but ultimately solid reporting if it turns out to be true.

For more on the Wildcats, be sure to visit A Sea Of Blue.

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