Kentucky freshman basketball star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has professed his desire to stay in school and earn a degree, but there's evidence to the contrary. Multiple sources tell ESPN's Chad Ford that Kidd-Gilchrist plans to be one-and-done, entering the NBA draft this spring.
"He hopes he'll be able to announce right after they win the NCAA championship," one source told Ford. "But even if they don't win it all, he's coming. He knows he's going to be a top-five pick. He can't pass that up."
Kidd-Gilchrist has been fantastic for Kentucky this season. The 6-foot-7 forward is averaging 11.8 points and 7.6 rebounds in 31.3 minutes per game, and the Wildcats have rolled to a 34-2 record. They take on Indiana tomorrow night in the Sweet Sixteen.
Kidd-Gilchrist and Kentucky classmate Anthony Davis are both regarded as high lottery picks in June, assuming they take the plunge into the pros. "He's the type of kid that you always want on your team," one NBA GM said of Kidd-Gilchrist. "Coaches love him, his teammates love him and he does all the little things that matter on the court. He cares about winning and that's it. I doubt he ever looks at a box score."