The season is over for Kentucky basketball, and while it didn't end how everyone in and around the program had hoped, John Calipari is still proud of what his team accomplished.
He's so proud of them all that he just posted a message supporting all of them for a great season before revealing they were all submitting their names for the 2016 NBA Draft.
Met with our team today. Told them that during the season it’s about the team and sacrificing for each other – which they did this year.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) March 23, 2016
When the season’s over, it’s about each individual player and what’s right for them and their families.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) March 23, 2016
With that being said, every player who is eligible for the draft, including our walk-ons, will submit their names for the NBA Draft ...— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) March 23, 2016
... in hopes of being invited to the combine in May.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) March 23, 2016
The new rule states they can submit their name a total of three times. If they choose to withdraw, they have until 10 days after the combine— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) March 23, 2016
It's a true win-win for the student-athlete.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) March 23, 2016
This shouldn't come as much of a surprise, even for the walk-ons. All this means is they're tossing their names in consideration for an invite to the NBA Draft Combine in May. That takes place from May 11-15 in Chicago, and that's going to be used for many prospects to determine if they actually remain in the draft, a decision that doesn't have to be made until May 25.
So for guys like Dominique Hawkins, Jonny David, Dillon Pulliam, Charles Matthews and Mychal Mulder who have no chance of being among those invited to the combine, they'll be pulling their names out rather quickly.
But for guys like Tyler Ulis, Isaiah Briscoe and Skal Labissiere, they'll put their name in, likely be invited to the combine and then decide whether to stay in the draft or come back based on the feedback they get.
The new draft rules not only allow prospects to wait until May 25th to decide their draft fate, but also enter the draft as many times as they want while in college. Before, they could only enter two times and withdraw their name and return to school only after the first declaration.
So these new rules may be the difference in a guy like Briscoe leaving for the draft and staying in school. Now that he can enter as many times as possible, he'll enter this year and go through the draft process enough that he'll have a very good idea of where he'll be drafted.
As for Jamal Murray, he might as well sign with an agent now because he's going to be a top-10 pick and should go pro. He'll get invited to the combine, but being that he's a top-10 prospect, I wouldn't be surprised if his agent tells him to not to bypass the workouts.