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Kidd-Gilchrist: I'm staying at Kentucky

Posted on: February 25, 2012 3:36 pm
Edited on: February 25, 2012 3:43 pm

By Jeff Borzello

Don't write off the idea that Kidd-Gilchrist would return for his sophomore season. (US Presswire)

It’s around this time every year when we start to see some of the top players in the country swear they’re returning to college next season. And then, come April, they go pro anyway.

As a result, most people took Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s comments after Kentucky’s win over Vanderbilt with a grain of salt.

“I’m graduating here. I’m not going nowhere. I’m staying at Kentucky,” Kidd-Gilchrist said, according to Brett Dawson of “I’m dead serious. I don’t know why y’all laughing.”

Will Kidd-Gilchrist definitely return to school? I have no idea. I wouldn’t doubt that he’s thinking about it, though.

Kidd-Gilchrist is just wired differently than most of the star freshmen and college players these days. He’s always been that way. He has never truly carried himself like a superstar, and even his skillset doesn’t resemble that of a typical “future NBA All-Star.” Kidd-Gilchrist outworks players, he outhustles players and he’s a winner above everything else.

If Anthony Davis had said the same thing about returning to school, would I believe him? Not a chance. He’s the No. 1 pick in the draft.

Kidd-Gilchrist has moved all the way up to No. 3 in several mock drafts, but I don’t think he’s overly concerned with that. He’s not the kind of player who will regress with another year in college. Kidd-Gilchrist doesn’t have a ton of people feeding him all sorts of conflicting information; he has a good support team around him that will help him make the right decision.

Like I said, do I think Kidd-Gilchrist is a lock to return to Kentucky for his sophomore season? No. But I certainly wouldn’t write off the idea when it comes to him.


Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: February 27, 2012 12:22 pm

Kidd-Gilchrist: I'm staying at Kentucky

Hope he does stay and gets a degree...but wouldn't get upset if he took the money and went to the NBA! If he follows Coach Cals financial advice and puts the 1st million away and don't touch off the interest. Don't go crazy buying things!

Since: Oct 10, 2010
Posted on: February 27, 2012 10:50 am

Kidd-Gilchrist: I'm staying at Kentucky

If he does stay he's smarter than I thought he was. He probably realizes that if he goes pro next year and gets really hurt, what then? An education at a top teir college is invaluable these days. If he goes pro, so be it. If he doesn't I say smart move and good for him. This kid is a class act and works hard every play and in school, noone is like him.

Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2012 10:22 pm
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Since: Oct 3, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 5:59 pm

Kidd-Gilchrist: I'm staying at Kentucky

Explain more how Duke and UNC take advantage of their players. I guess that's how they get top talent and national championships. Your delusional if you think Roy and coach K don't care for their players and give them the best advice possible. Roy told Psycho-T to go pro early. He didn't want to. Your just jealous because they get players who WANT to stay in school and become better players and people. Good for Gilchrist for wanting to do the same.

Since: Oct 24, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2012 10:32 am

Kidd-Gilchrist: I'm staying at Kentucky

Fine it funny that Syracuse has no one pick to go in the NBA draft in the 1st or 2nd round , oh mKG going pro 5 pic

Since: Feb 26, 2012
Posted on: February 26, 2012 10:01 am
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Since: Dec 15, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2012 8:51 am

Kidd-Gilchrist: I'm staying at Kentucky

who really cares.  one player is like the next.

Since: Jul 23, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 8:30 am

Kidd-Gilchrist: I'm staying at Kentucky

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is an exceptional individual who has overcome numerous challenges and obstacles to achieve his current status as a gifted, hard working college basketball player with a most promising NBA future. As a huge UK fan it would be marvelous to welcome him back next year. As someone who would be all to happy to offer unsolicited advice I would tell him to enter the NBA draft assuming he is going to go in the top 15 or thereabouts.  We're talking serious money, far more money than an Ivy League valedictorian will command upon graduation.  That's hard to pass up.

It's also telling that with our 24 hour, 7 day a week desire for all news sports that we obsess about whether an 18 or 19 year old athlete who says he plans to stay in school in February will still feel that way in April, you know, the only time it really matters.  In Kidd-Gilchrist's case, either way he decides will be a plus for sports fans.  He's a class act who gives you your money's worth in effort every time he takes the court. 

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2012 8:26 am

Kidd-Gilchrist: I'm staying at Kentucky

****MKG, Davis, Teague, Lamb, Jones, Wiltjer, Hood, Beckham, Polson, will ALL be back next season****
Uhhhh, that would be sweet, but it's a pipe dream bro....wouldn't be surprised if Beckham transfers AGAIN, Davis is gone like the wind, Hood and Polson are not worthy of a division I roster...Teague needs to stay ...but probably won't, Lamb is NBA ready,but loves college ball at UK so not sure what he'll do, Jones is probably gone. So the only player (of future NBA talent level) that is 100% coming back is Wiltjer. Once these blood sucking agent leaches get in your ear ,it's hard to say no. 

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2012 8:06 am

Kidd-Gilchrist: I'm staying at Kentucky

***" But just like Jones, MKG's stock could go down if he stays.  He will have a ton of competition at his position next year.  If he can be the #3 pick he needs to go.  He owes it to his family and himself.  What if he gets injured?  I'm not so selfish I'd want a player to give up all that money to stay at UK.  Cal will fill the bench with more players.  He always does.  I really think the world of MKG.  That's why I don't want to see him make a mistake.*** I have to disagree,UK's roster is going to be devastated after this season losing Seniors Miller and Vargas, probably Jones, Lamb and Teague (teague needs to stay too) as well. UK currently only has locked up 3 recruits and while I'm sure more will can't have a team of JUST need a handful of experienced players too. T. Jones is not going to suffer financially for coming back , a lot of players experience the "sophomore jinks" and everyone knows that stats are going to suffer when you're on a loaded team like UK currently has. Also players really don't need to worry about injuries anymore. 20+ years ago an injury could end an athletes career,but with modern surgeries,there aren't too many things that can't be fixed...sometimes better than before the injury. MKG's mother is not wealthy be any means ,but she's not the typical food stamp  ghetto momma either.  I personally couldn't come back,when I know I could be a millionaire in a few months.... but I don't have the same moxy and class that MKG has. I hope he stays and I hope Cal keeps his mouth shut for once ,instead of proding MKG out ,like he did with Bledsoe , Orton and others.

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