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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 Rivals.com. “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.

Comments

Since: Feb 20, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2012 10:13 pm
 

Kidd-Gilchrist: I'm staying at Kentucky

If Duke can come up with a three year plan for Jason Williams, I'm sure Kentucky can come up with a two year plan for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.



Since: Jul 12, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2012 9:59 pm
 

Kidd-Gilchrist: I'm staying at Kentucky

"I'm graduating here"?   Does he know that he wont graduate after his sophmore season?  Ugh.



Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2012 9:34 pm
 

Kidd-Gilchrist: I'm staying at Kentucky

And UK has to win the thing first...Two years ago they had the most talented team, 4 first round picks (including the #1 overall) and did not make the final 4.  Last years team had less talent, was a 4 seed and lost to the eventual national champion.  The most talented does not always win...



Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2012 9:32 pm
 

Kidd-Gilchrist: I'm staying at Kentucky

@ethan21...those two really dont count because the only reason those two stayed had nothing to do with them wanting to stay in school.  It had everything to do with the fact there was a good possibility there would be a lockout...and there was.  Those tow guys came back to teams with championship aspirations.  But I will give you the benefit of the doubt and say those two count.  That is 2 out of what, the last 5 seasons...



Since: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2012 8:49 pm
 

Kidd-Gilchrist: I'm staying at Kentucky


....a repeat National Championship could very well be in sights.
Uhh, gotta win one before you repeat.  Don't get ahead of yourself.









Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2012 8:47 pm
 

Kidd-Gilchrist: I'm staying at Kentucky

The kid should transfer to Oregon!!




Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2012 8:31 pm
 

Kidd-Gilchrist: I'm staying at Kentucky

That's funny....when was the last time anyone who was projected to go top 5 in the draft actually stay in school another year??? Ummm....how about this year. 2 actually come to mind. Harrison Barnes and Jared Sullinger....both projected top 5 last year. Think before you speak. And regarding shabazz....he and gilchrist play 2 completely different styles of game. Muhammad is a scorer, plain and simple. MKG is a shutdown defender, rebounder, and ultimate floor leader. Although he can score as well. But to think that whether or not MKG stays another year or not would effect shabazz's decision on coming to UK is a bit foolish. Davis will be gone. Darius Miller will be gone. It's quite possible Lamb, Terrence jones, and Teague all leave as well. Muhammad would instantly become UK's primary scoring threat. And with Nerlens Noel coming in to fill the shoes of Davis, and the other 3 recruits and transfer Ryan Harrow coming in....a repeat National Championship could very well be in sights.



Since: Feb 25, 2012
Posted on: February 25, 2012 8:18 pm
 

Kidd-Gilchrist: I'm staying at Kentucky

Why the UK haters.....you have no evidence he is paid......oh yea....some folks hate becasuse the can not beat UK .....is ND a 4 year college anymore?



Since: Feb 12, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2012 7:58 pm
 

Kidd-Gilchrist: I'm staying at Kentucky

Go or stay, I wish the young man the best.  He has great work ethics and is a outstanding young man.  Proud to have someone like that on the Wildcats team.  May your future be the best.



Since: Feb 1, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2012 7:37 pm
 

Kidd-Gilchrist: I'm staying at Kentucky

We'll see what song he's singing if the Cats end up getting Calipari his first national title.  I know they're currently my favorite to win it all; haven't seen any other team this season execute that brand of stifling shutdown defense...truly scary...just ask Miss. St.


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