Kentucky ‘One And Done’s’ For 2011

King of Recruiting

The 2010 NBA Draft has barely expired, but that didn’t keep Andy Katz of ESPN from giving his list of potential draftees for the 2011 NBA Draft.

Listed, three Kentucky Wildcats. This shouldn’t be a surprise to any UK fans as the 2010 class is once again loaded with High School All Americans, including one international superstar.

Here’s who Andy says could be a “One and Done” from the Big Blue Nation…

Terrence Jones: Jones is a slasher that should put up points for the Wildcats. But it might be hard to differentiate himself enough to leave after just a season. But role players on elite teams can still get selected in the first round. Just ask Daniel Orton.

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Enes Kanter: If he were in this draft, he probably would’ve been a late lottery pick. Kanter’s eligibility still has to be solved, but assuming he gets on the court for the Wildcats, he’ll likely be another one-and-done. He has a real chance to be the Wildcats’ leading scorer and rebounder and will likely be too productive to stick around UK for long.

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Brandon Knight: Knight comes in as part of another heralded UK recruiting class. He won’t be John Wall, but he’ll be the next big-time point for John Calipari, who has churned out Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans and Wall over the past three drafts. Knight should follow as another pro.

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Expect the Cats to once again land two to three in the first round. With the current 2011 commits and those on the interested list, I wouldn’t worry too much about the One and Done’s in 2011.

Here is who should be left if all three move on to the Association; Darius Miller, Darnell Dodson,  DeAndre Liggins, Stacey Poole, Doron Lamb, Eloy Vargas and Jon Hood. Then add 2011 commits Mike Gilchrist and Marquis Teague and UK is right back at the top.

In the mean time, get prepared to sit on the edge of your seat for another incredible season at The University of Kentucky…

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