Kentucky's third outstanding freshman announced his plans to submit his name for the Draft.
De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk are expected to be top-10 picks in this year's NBA Draft. Now, fellow standout freshman, Bam Adebayo, is testing the NBA waters.
Adebayo announced Wednesday that he will submit his name for the NBA Draft, but won't hire an agent. As long as Adebayo doesn't hire an agent, he has until May 24 to make a final decision about whether to enter the Draft, or return to the Wildcats.
Adebayo released the following statement:
“This process we went through at Kentucky was a tough but a rewarding one. It was everything I wanted when I decided to come to Kentucky. It taught me a lot. It taught me how to be a better man on and off the court. I have improved so much since the beginning of the season thanks to the hard work of the coaching staff. They helped me with every step of the process along the way and they never gave up on me.
I want to thank my teammates. I couldn’t have asked for a better group to grow with. We were all like brothers. I also want to thank the fans for their support and everything they do for us. Their passion is like nothing I’ve ever seen before.
I feel like I’m making the right step in declaring for the draft, but I want to be absolutely sure that I’m making the right decision for me and my mom. I’m looking forward to the process and I appreciate the support of the coaches, my teammates and the fans. No matter what happens, it’s been an unbelievable ride.”
If Adebayo doesn't like what he's hearing from NBA scouts, he can withdraw his name and return to Kentucky. He projects to be a mid-to-late first round selection.