ATLANTA -- For some time, it has been assumed that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist would enter the NBA draft following this his freshman season at Kentucky.
Already an elite college player, it would be a shock if the 6-foot-7 forward didn’t go pro.
So it didn’t come as a surprise that ESPN.com's Chad Ford reported Thursday that, according to multiple sources, the Somerdale native will enter the NBA draft after the Wildcats’ season ends.
However, Kidd-Gilchrist said Thursday evening that he has yet to make a decision.
“I’m focus on the games right now,” said Kidd-Gilchrist, whose No.1 seed Wildcats face fourth-seeded Indiana in Friday’s South Regional semifinal at the Georgia Dome. “Once the season is over, I will sit down with my family and make a decision.”
The 18-year-old is averaging 11.8 points and 7.6 rebounds this season.
Assuming Kidd-Gilchrist opts to turn pro, Draftexpress.com has him going third overall in its latest 2012 NBA mock draft. NBAdraft.net projects that he’ll be the fourth pick.
“I have no clue where that’s coming from,” Kidd-Gilchrist said of the ESPN report.
- Keith Pompey