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Report: UK's Orton entering NBA Draft

Posted on: March 31, 2010 7:40 pm
Edited on: March 31, 2010 9:53 pm

Kentucky freshman Daniel Orton -- a reserve who averaged just 3.4 points and 3.3 rebounds a game this season -- is making himself available for the NBA Draft, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported Wednesday night.

"We had some teams say there was interest,” Orton's father, Larry Orton, told the Courier-Journal's Brett Dawson.

Orton could be the first of five underclassmen to leave Kentucky early. John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins and Patrick Patterson are essentially locks to the declare for the draft considering all three are projected lottery picks, and sources have told that Eric Bledsoe is also leaning toward entering.

Larry Orton said his son will not immediately hire an agent.

The deadline for amateurs to withdraw from the draft is May 8.


Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: April 1, 2010 9:22 am

Report: UK's Orton entering NBA Draft

Everyone acts like Calipari has a class of one-and-dones every year.  Up until this year he has had 3 one-and-dones in his entire career, this is a fluke class and I really can't see even Calipari getting 4 one-and-dones every year.  Sure, he will probably have 1 maybe 2, but coming into this season no one thought that Bledsoe and Orton would be gone after this season.  Somebody needs to tell Bledsoe and Orton they are both Top 5 picks next year if they return, but I guess a lot of guys coming out this year are fearful of the lockout. 

Since: Aug 12, 2006
Posted on: April 1, 2010 9:03 am

Report: UK's Orton entering NBA Draft

I'm no authority on Duke but I think you picked the wrong team as an example.  This year they start three seniors and two juniors.  I can remember Duke's McDonald's AA's staying four years while everyone else was lucky to keep them three years.  I can't remember who it was but I remember the first time a Duke player left before his senior year Coach K got mad, big time.  Duke dropped off when their players began leaving early.  

Duke's player talent level has dropped off since their best days under K and I think it's because he is going for players that stay and will win when they're experienced seniors.  This year, they're not the Duke of old, talent wise, but they're in the Final Four with as good a chance to win it all as any.  

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: April 1, 2010 7:37 am

Report: UK's Orton entering NBA Draft

Finsfan, if Tubby coached the team it would be considered a losing season.
In both 2003 and 2005 all of the anit-Tubby establishment used his lack of success (two elite 8 appearances) against him.  The fact of the matter is this, UK fans for some odd reason are spoiled.  They think that if they don't at least make it to the final four, then the year was a waste.
Are you really telling me that with the talent Calipari had this year that this year could be considered anything less than disappointing?  
I was a UK fan for over 30 years and I jumped ship because of the idiot moron fans that hooed and hollered after every loss screaming "fire Tubby!"  Perhaps it was the vocal minority, but all in all, I didn't want to associate myself with a spoiled child fan base.
That being said, congrats on a fine season.  I hope that UK fans realize that they aren't entitled to anything and that perhaps they too can enjoy a game for what it is, a game.

Since: Jan 5, 2010
Posted on: April 1, 2010 6:58 am

Report: UK's Orton entering NBA Draft

At UK, the reason coaches go for this kind of player is booster pressure. I know boosters can be a problem at any school, but in some places - and UK is a prime example - the boosters are in control, and what they want they usually get. All they see is the glitzy won-lost record and the national media attention on the "first-round draft picks," either not understanding or not caring that championships are not won by a gaggle of freshmen, regardless of their talent.

The boosters ran the show at UK until the '89 scandals, when school president David Roselle fired Cliff Hagan as AD and brought in C. M. Newton to clean up the program. Newton and Rick Pitino, between them, had enough gumption to hold off the boosters, but when Pitino left in '97 and Newton retired in 2000, it didn't take long for the boosters to regain control - which, I believe, is mainly why Tubby Smith ended up leaving UK for Minnesota. Now, with Calipari, the boosters have a coach who apparently subscribes to the same "philosophy" as they, and they are really back, in all their glory.

Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: April 1, 2010 1:37 am
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Since: Apr 29, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2010 11:43 pm

Report: UK's Orton entering NBA Draft

You guys realize the article said he has NOT hired an agent, right? That means after a few workouts he can, and he probably will, decide to come back. Relax...

Also, I find it amusing how much people try and try to hate on Calipari for every little thing, so let me make this clear before I read another stupid comment about how this is Calipari's fault: CALIPARI DID NOT RECRUIT DANIEL ORTON. Billy Gillispie did. Get your facts straight people before posting unintelligent comments... And to the moron who said Calipari better recruit 3 or 4 year guys or he's gonna be gone because Lexington won't stand for 2 straight "losing" seasons... well yea you're a moron. We were 35-3 and made it to the Elite Eight for the first time in five years. I don't think there are many people in Lexington calling this a "losing" season. And quite frankly if we could be this good every year then I like our odds of winning a championship one of these days.

Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: March 31, 2010 11:41 pm

Report: UK's Orton entering NBA Draft

Orton has to earn his place at Kentucky before even thinking about going to the NBA. I hate this rule because anybody out of the norm can go when they pleased even if they're not ready. NBA & NCAA have created a monster with making this rule happen and it's not helping. At least make the rule where you can leave after your junior year.

Since: Apr 29, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2010 11:30 pm

Report: UK's Orton entering NBA Draft

You guys realize the article says he has NOT hired an agent, right? That means after a few workouts he can, and he probably will, decide to come back. Relax.

Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2010 10:13 pm

Report: UK's Orton entering NBA Draft

This might be the dumbest decision he could make. He is not ready. He averaged 13 min 3 points and 3 rebounds. In 2 years he will probably average 17 and 9. With those numbers he will be a lottery pick. Who honestly wants a kid who missed half of his senior year of high school due to injury and never once started a game or played longer than 25 min in a single game his only colligate year. He only scored in double figures 3 times with 0 double doubles. Again.. with at least a year of being a starter this kid will be a star. There is no reason for him to leave early.

Since: Mar 2, 2009
Posted on: March 31, 2010 9:29 pm

Report: UK's Orton entering NBA Draft

There is the crack in the dam. Cousins, Patterson, Bledsoe Wall and yes, Orton are all going to be making themselves eligible for the draft. That is the bed Calipari makes for himself. Unfortunately, I doubt he can replace all of those guys in one year.

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