Yesterday, it was announced that sophomore point guard Ryan Harrow will transfer from Kentucky to Georgia State. Today, UK has announced that freshman Archie Goodwin had declared himself eligible for the NBA draft while freshman Willie Cauley-Stein and sophomore Kyle Wiltjer have decided to stay put.
With that, the reshuffling of Kentucky’s basketball roster has begun. Today’s UK press release even added that “No announcement has been made by Nerlens Noel, Alex Poythress, Jon Hood and Jarrod Polson regarding their future at Kentucky at this time.” Noel has hinted that he will return to Lexington, but that’s doubtful. Even after suffering a season-ending ACL tear, Noel is projected to be a top-five pick in the NBA draft if not the overall #1 pick.
In the release, Calipari said:
“’I’m excited that Willie and Kyle have decided to return for next season,’ John Calipari said. ‘When we talk about a players-first program, our goal is for each player to reach his dreams. Willie and Kyle believe it is in their best interest to return to Kentucky next season to achieve those dreams, and I fully support their decisions.
‘Although I really wanted Archie to return for his sophomore season, I fully support him choosing to pursue his dreams. He has the drive and desire to be great and I will continue to do everything I can to make sure he succeeds in life both on and off the court.
‘I believe, with another year of hard work and competition, they all can take their games to the next level. I look forward to seeing them all grow into young men.’”
Before next season the Wildcats will add what some are calling the greatest signing class in college basketball history. As for where they’ll all fit, well, there are at least two new slots available with the departures of Harrow and Goodwin.