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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: Mar 20, 2010
Posted on: March 31, 2010 9:07 pm

Report: UK's Orton entering NBA Draft

I have nothing against guys who go pro early. If they are ready. Or even kind of ready. Or even uber-talented and unready. Orton is none of these. He could have really benefited from a full four years of a basketball education. He's almost guaranteed to start and have a real chance to shine. Instead he will at best be picked in the late second round and have a great career in Europe. Best of luck.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2010 9:00 pm

Report: UK's Orton entering NBA Draft

he averaged 3.4 pts, and 3.3 boards, playing 13.2 mpg...

just saying- probably a typo, but a big one...

Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: March 31, 2010 8:08 pm

Report: UK's Orton entering NBA Draft

Why in todays day and age would any coach want to recruit these kinds of players that they know are in it just for the year they HAVE TO play before going for the money?  I mean if I was a coach I would want guys I think or know are interested in staying AT LEAST 3 years.  This is why Duke has had issues getting back to the final four.  Coach K doesnt get many guys that stay all 4 years and his teams never really build a bond.  I think thats what makes Tom Izzo look soo good.  Making it back every 3 or 4 years because your freshman are seniors is no big accomplishment, but making 9 sweet 16s in a row with a new roster every 2 or 3 years is crazy to imagine.  

If Calipari doesnt get the kind of guys that will stick around he wont stick around long in Lexington cause they wont stand for losing 2 years in a row waiting for a winner.  

In all reality I hope Calipari goes after 1 year wonder guys cause I think hes a pile of crap and would love to see him out of a job. 

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