Kentucky prospects will make NBA Draft decisions later

Jamie Squire

If the Wildcats' key players know where they'll be playing next season, they didn't want to say it after losing the NCAA championship game.

After the University of Kentucky lost the NCAA championship game to the University of Connecticut on Monday, each of the Wildcats' pro prospects was asked about his upcoming NBA decision. No one committed either way.

DraftExpress has forward Julius Randle projected to go No. 4 and center Willie Cauley-Stein No. 12 in this year's lottery, and swingman James Young is in the No. 25 spot. Center Dakari Johnson, guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison and forward Alex Poythress are expected to stay in school and declare for the 2015 NBA Draft, per DraftExpress, but they all have until April 27 to decide. The Harrison twins may have boosted their stock in the tournament.

Kentucky head coach John Calipari is known for supporting his players regardless of how long they are on campus, and he said that he will be helping his current crop of players in any way he can, via the Associated Press' Dave Skretta:

"Now that the season is over, it's about the players. It's no longer about the program," Kentucky coach John Calipari said after a 60-56 loss to Connecticut in Monday night's title game.

"I'll sit down with each young man individually, probably have their family either with us or on a speaker phone and get them information and say, 'If I can help you with anything, let me know,'" Calipari said. "'Tell me what you want to do. What do I need to do to help you?'"

While Randle said, "I have no clue," and Aaron Harrison said, "I'm not thinking about next year or anything like that," when asked about their futures. Cauley-Stein, however, went into a bit more detail about the dilemma they all face, via the AP:

"I love school. I love being at Kentucky," said Cauley-Stein, a 7-footer who missed the Final Four with an ankle injury. "I love the fan base. I love the community. I love the people there, so why not stay until they make you leave? It just gets better as you get older.

"But there are so many different things going through my head," Cauley-Stein said. "There's that other thing, millions of dollars, being able to work on your game, and only your game."

"It's so tough to play here at Kentucky and also balance school," Cauley-Stein said. "I have to decide what's best for my future, best for my game, and if I'm going to be happy either way."

Kentucky has another great incoming class next season, so Calipari's team should be fine regardless of who stays and who goes. Based on the last few years, this end-of-season discussion is normal for everybody who plays big minutes at UK. Decisions and announcements could be made in the coming days.

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