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Calipari: All eligible Kentucky players will enter NBA draft

Kentucky coach John Calipari says his entire team will enter the NBA draft.
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Kentucky coach John Calipari said on Twitter on Wednesday that his entire team will enter the NBA draft.

It is unclear whether Calipari made the decision on behalf of his team, or whether each player individually decided, as even the players who are not professional prospects will participate in the draft process under the NBA’s new rules. The rules allow players to submit their name three times, and gives them 10 days after the draft combine to withdraw.

“...every player who is eligible for the draft, including our walk-ons, will submit their names for the NBA Draft,” Calipari tweeted, “in hopes of being invited to the combine in May.”

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Provided players do not hire an agent, the new rules allow them to work out for teams, participate in the combine if invited, and then return to school by the deadline. 

Kentucky boasts several legitimate NBA prospects on its roster, including guards Jamal Murray and Tyler Ulis and center Skal Labissiere, who are potential first-rounders.