Kentucky's Anthony Davis says he hasn't decided on NBA yet
Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis clutches the NCAA trophy after the Wildcats won the national championship Monday night.
April 3rd, 2012
12:03 PM ET

Kentucky's Anthony Davis says he hasn't decided on NBA yet

John Calipari's Kentucky Wildcats are known as the "one-and-done" team because the squad's stellar young players are expected to go immediately from winning the NCAA National Championship into the NBA after one season.

But after Monday night's 69-57 win over Kansas, might Kentucky be a team that's one title down but not yet done? Is it possible that some players may surprise everyone and stick around for another season?

At a news conference after taking the national championship, the Wildcats were peppered with reporters' questions about the team's youth and whether their star athletes would say if they're ready to head to the big leagues. The team of big men and sharp shooters often has been compared to Michigan's famed Fab Five of the early '90s, who were all drafted in the first round of the NBA.

Anthony Davis has led Kentucky throughout the year. But Monday night, when he realized his shots weren't falling, he dominated on defense, racking up 16 rebounds, six blocked shots, five assists and three steals.

As the Naismith Player of the Year, Davis faced the most media inquiries about where he might be hitting the hardwood next year. One of the first questions was whether he was ready to come out for the NBA draft.

“No, I haven’t decided,” Davis said Monday night. “Coach (Calipari) says we have till April 29 to decide. I’m just going to wait till then, sit down with my coach, sit down with my family, see what the best decision is for me."

Davis is known as much for his tough play and dominating performances as his unibrow, which has become a rallying cry and point of pride for Kentucky fans. Ten best Davis unibrow tributes

It would be a big loss for Kentucky but a great gain for an NBA team, many analysts say, if Davis made the jump to the big leagues.

Calipari's style of recruiting high-caliber players with the goal of having them go off quickly to the NBA has received mixed reviews from college basketball fans. Calipari noted that he made history when five of his players were drafted in the first round two years ago. He said he knew after that draft that Kentucky would be a place where basketball players with big talent and dreams would go.

That's not to say Calipari didn't wish he'd have those players back next year. He joked about the NBA rule that a player must have one year of college ball before entering the draft.

"I don't think it's a good rule," Calipari said. "I hope we change it before this week's out so these guys have to come back. But it is a rule; it's not my rule - it's a rule we have to deal with."

The coach said he knows his young players, especially those only 18 or 19, have big talent.  And he said he had high hopes for this year's team.

"Let's have six, I'm fine with that," Calipari quipped about his expectations for Kentucky players taken in the first round of the NBA draft.

Davis wouldn't commit that he was ready for the NBA just yet. The press even tried to get a more definitive answer by asking him how he would describe Monday's game if it were his last as a college player.

It was like a ball fake Davis had seen before, and he handled the question the way he does defense: solidly.

“It’s a great way (to end the season), but like I said before - I’m going to wait until April 29 and decide what I’m going to do then," Davis said with a deadpan face.

Until a decision later this month, Calipari seems to be operating under the assumption that he will lose several guys and need to rebuild again. It is expected Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrence Jones, Doron Lamb, Darius Miller and Marquis Teague will be drafted early.

If Calipari has his wish come true, they'll all be the first picks of several NBA teams in the first round.

And perhaps that's why Calipari knows he has a lot of work to do to prepare for next year.

"That's why I have to go recruiting on Friday," the coach said.

soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. tez07

    he has not decided on tweezers, I am not surprised at all he cannot decide on the NBA

    April 3, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Will

    Take the run and run to the NBA. Working 9 to 5 sucks!! The haters will want you to stay in college so they can have u wi them another championship FOR FREE

    April 3, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam2222

      NBA, who watches it?? That's street ball, not basketball.

      April 3, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. LT

    Basketball in this day and time is "street ball". The players today could never have gotten the ball across half-court in the days of the likes of Bill Russell, Bob Couzy, Abdul Jjabbar, Wilt "The Stilt" Chamberlain, etc. It's all street ball and not basketball! Sorry!

    April 3, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      Respectfully, LT, that is patently untrue. What part of Davis' game is streetball'ish? The championship game wasn't representative of all of college basketball. Duke, Indiana, Wisconsin etc... most certainly are not "street ball" teams. What part of UNC's Kendall Marshall's is street ball? Can you imagine guarding Derrick Rose, John Wall or Ty Lawson? No.

      April 3, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lewis

      LOL the athletes today could run circles around those guys. They are much more physical and have far better endurance and training.

      April 3, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Snazzzz

    It's sad.. to read the criticism about either of these teams is pathitic. By the way it sounds each of you must be an NBA star, or a wanna be. These young men are 19 and 20 years old....Let the boys enjoy their win.

    April 3, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • jj

      Your absolutely right.....I can't wait to see them on "are you smarter than a 5th grader".

      April 3, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • ChrisW

      I agree... both teams put on a helluva a performance (at least down the wire) and afterwards I saw nothing but humility and respect from both sides.

      April 3, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. matt

    Translation: proposed pay check is not big enough.

    April 3, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ChrisW

    Nice piece of writing, saying the Fab 5 all went to the NBA in the first round. Ray Jackson wasn't even drafted.

    April 3, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      ha yeah i caught that too

      April 3, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lewis

    Check the facts: the final score was 67-59.

    April 3, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jj

    Sure he hasn't's what he went to school for isn't it?

    April 3, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jim

    Why take a pay cut?

    April 3, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rob

    Two of the fab five were not drafted in the first round. Jimmy King was drafted in the second round and Ray Jackson was not drafted at all.

    April 3, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Maty

    NBA Basketball is a horrible product. I'll take college ball (men's and women's) any day hands down.

    April 3, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JoeyB

    He'll go Pro., but he shouldn't. The University of Kentucky is no slouch of a school, and he'll do much better in life with an education.

    April 3, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • chuckcreig

      And no slouch in bed, either

      April 3, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chuckcreig


    keep it frothy, brah

    April 3, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. DR

    Marquis Teague looks and acts like Steve Urkel... I guess it's Teague Urkel from now on.
    I like Davis because he is not your trypical ignorant college star. He thinks before he speaks!

    April 3, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |

    last nba championship was quack

    April 3, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • cleareye1

      He should stay in school and work on getting bigger. It might take another year or even two. In the meantime he will educate himself to be very wealthy and how to handle it properly. The college years are a special time in anyone's life, he shouldn't pass it up to sit on an NBA bench with a Ferrari.

      April 3, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
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