A College Freshman Who Is Guaranteed to Be a 2012 NBA Lottery Pick Says He Plans on Staying in School For Four Years

A College Freshman Who Is Guaranteed to Be a 2012 NBA Lottery Pick Says He Plans on Staying in School For Four Years

Haven't we heard this story before? Every year, it seems like there's a college basketball player who comes out and says that, despite the fact that he's projected to be a lottery pick in the NBA Draft, he's planning on staying in school and playing college ball for another year. And then April or May comes around and that all goes out the window when he hires an agent. The fame—and, more importantly, the fortune—that come along with playing in the NBA are just too much to pass up. Which is what makes what University of Kentucky star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist said over the weekend all the more interesting.

After a game against Vanderbilt on Saturday, Kidd-Gilchrist—a guy who's projected to be a top-five pick in the NBA Draft in June—was asked whether or not he thinks the Wildcats upcoming game against Georgia on Thursday will be emotional because it'll likely be his last game at UK's Rupp Arena. And his response shocked a lot of people.

"No," he said. "It's not any extra emotion. I am staying all four years as of now."

"Riiiiiight!" seems to be the reaction of the room, which forced Kidd-Gilchrist to further clarify his position. "I am dead serious," he said. "I don't know why you all are laughing. I am serious."

All four years, though? We could see you saying one year. We've heard that story before. But "four years" is unheard of. We'll believe it when we see it.

[via Strait Cats]

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