Brandon Knight, Terrence Jones, DeAndre Liggins Declare For 2011 NBA Draft

Kentucky Wildcats basketball may finally soon have room for all its new stuff: freshmen Brandon Knight and Terrence Jones and junior DeAndre Liggins have announced they'll conduct the ever popular waters-testing of the 2011 NBA Draft. None of the three plans to hire an agent before the May 8 deadline, so a return to school by any of them shouldn't yet be ruled out.

UK coach John Calipari on the three departing Cats:

I support the decision these three have made to take advantage of the process of putting their names in the draft. They were a joy to coach this year and I would love the opportunity to continue to coach them again next season.  I will always support my players in weighing their options and doing what is personally best for them and their families.

Knight and Jones are likely lottery picks -- with Jones going No. 4 and Knight No. 12 in SB Nation's latest 2011 NBA mock draft -- but Liggins isn't exactly a sure first-rounder.

Next steps in the process: Calipari welcomes in a whole new blue-chip starting five, ESPN commentator Bobby Knight rants about the departing three, and spring turns into summer. Life always goes on.

For more Kentucky sports, visit A Sea Of Blue, and for more SEC, join Team Speed Kills.

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