It’s Officially Over | Five Announce

Matt May of Catspause.com announced just minutes ago that five members of the 2009-2010 Men’s Basketball team have officially announced their intentions to enter the 2010 National Basketball Association Draft.

Junior Patrick Patterson, as well as Freshmen John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Bledsoe and Daniel Orton.

Here is Coach Calipari’s comments on the decision:

“I’ve spoken with all five guys concerning the NBA and have encouraged them to put their names in the draft,” UK coach John Calipari said. “They’ve all met individually with our compliance office to make sure they have a full understanding of eligibility rules and academic responsibilities. I’m so proud of these five young men, with everything they did for us on the court and the way they represented us off of it.

Matt was able to get a comments from each of the four Freshmen on their thoughts of entering the draft and their time at Kentucky. Here are two of the comments:

John Wall
“I’m not the same player as when I arrived at UK,” Wall said. “I believe I’m ready for the next challenge as Derrick Rose and Tyreke Evans were the last two years under Coach Cal. I want to thank my teammates and the fans for all their support this year. I love them.”

DeMarcus Cousins
“Coach challenged me to grow on and off the court this season,” Cousins said. “I believe my game expanded along with my maturity. This year was the most fun I’ve ever had playing basketball and a lot of it had to do with the support I got from our fans.”

Gentlemen on behalf of The Big Blue Nation, Thank You, and you will be missed..

Full story at CatsPause.com…

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