The one Kentucky basketball player least likely to keep his name in the NBA draft has decided to do just that. Junior DeAndre Liggins decided after a weekend combine in New Jersey that he will leave UK early for the cash of the pro game.
“Coach (John Calipari) encouraged me to come back for my senior season, but based on the feedback I got from NBA personnel, I felt it was in the best interests of me and my family to stay in the draft,” Liggins said. “I learned a lot in my three years here at Kentucky, and I appreciate all the support I got from the people at UK as well as the Big Blue Nation.”
Calipari — though he believed Liggins should return — still has his player’s back publicly. “I feel comfortable that DeAndre had all the info that he needed to make this decision. I fully support what he’s doing, and I will do everything I can to help him reach his dreams.”
Liggins joins one-and-doner Brandon Knight on the exit platform. However, reigning SEC Freshman of the Year Terrence Jones passed on the draft and decided to return to Lexington. Knight’s decision was expected. Those of Jones and Liggins are much more curious.
Here’s a look at all three players’ stats from this past season.