Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: DeAndre Liggins Widely Expected To Stay In the NBA Draft

Jeff Goodman tweeted earlier today that DeAndre Liggins will have a press conference tomorrow at 2:00 PM, where he is expected to announce he will remain in the 2011 NBA Draft.  Liggins was said to be amongst the best performers at the New Jersey Combine, and that fact together with the announcement of a press conference almost certainly argue for a decision to move on to the NBA.

Liggins may well have gotten a guarantee from one team or another to be drafted, although I'd be totally shocked if he wound up in the first round.  Nevertheless, it is not a bad decision for Liggins to go this year, as he would have to fight for minutes next year and even though I expect he would earn them, he would seem to have a fairly tough battle to get into the first round next year given the expected strength of the 2012 draft.

Of course, this isn't what I or any other Kentucky fan wanted to see, but hopefully Liggins has done enough to ensure himself a position somewhere in the draft, and I have no doubt he can earn his way onto a basketball team given the remarkable improvement we have seen in his game over the last two years.  He is one of the very best defensive players available in the draft at any level this year, and with his improving offensive game, it would not be at all surprising if he impressed the NBA decision-makers enough to get one or more teams interested enough to guarantee him a shot.

But you never know for sure, so until the fat lady sings, I suppose there is still a fool's hope of his return.  We'll know for sure tomorrow at 2:00 PM.

UPDATE:  The AP now reports it is a done deal.  The press conference is just a formality.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join A Sea Of Blue

You must be a member of A Sea Of Blue to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at A Sea Of Blue. You should read them.

Join A Sea Of Blue

You must be a member of A Sea Of Blue to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at A Sea Of Blue. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker