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Wednesday Quickies: Farewell Bam Edition

Bam Adebayo officially announces he's not returning and more in today's quickies.

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Well it took longer than I expected, but Bam Adebayo has officially played at Kentucky for the last time. The now-former Wildcat big man has announced that he will sign an agent and stay in the NBA Draft, removing any chance of him returning to Kentucky. We wish him the best; with his size and strength, he's got a great future ahead of him.

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Adebayo Forgoes Eligibility to Remain in NBA Draft | UK Wildcats News
"After talking with Coach Cal, the staff and my family, I have decided it’s in my best interest to remain in the draft," Adebayo said.

Hamidou Diallo would hardly be UK’s first ‘none-and-done’ player | Lexington Herald Leader
If Hamidou Diallo leaves Kentucky for the NBA Draft without ever playing for the Wildcats, he will join a select list of ballyhooed UK recruits — Gunther Behnke, Shawn Kemp, Enes Kanter — who have made it to the UK campus but, for different reasons, became "none-and-done" players at Kentucky.

No. 6 Kentucky Hosts Xavier Seeking 20th Home Win of Season | UK Wildcats News
Staring at the potential to be a national seed in the NCAA Tournament and host postseason games, the Wildcats look to take care of business in a midweek affair with a Xavier club that is no stranger to top-flight competition.

John Calipari will have his youngest Kentucky team ever -- and still likely be good -
Eight of the top nine scorers from this season's team are not returning, but UK will be fine...we think.

Suns’ core includes Tyler Ulis with Devin Booker as centerpiece | Lexington Herald Leader
Former University of Kentucky stars Devin Booker and Tyler Ulis — and possibly Eric Bledsoe — are a big part of the Phoenix Suns’ future, Coach Earl Watson told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.

Where are college basketball's best transfers going for 2017-18 season? - ESPN
Who's transferring where in college basketball? Where does Cam Johnson rank among the top transfers this offseason?

Kentucky's Hamidou Diallo: NBA draft declaration a win for Wildcats, Diallo |
Kentucky guard Hamidou Diallo has declared for the NBA draft without even playing a college game. This move may be perplexing for some observers, but it's the right decision for Diallo.

Johnson and Poythress Named All-NBA D-League | UK Wildcats News
Former Kentucky men’s basketball players Dakari Johnson and Alex Poythress were tabbed All-NBA Development League Players on Tuesday. Johnson was a first-team selection, while Poythress earned second-team honors as well as an All-Rookie Team nod.

Big weekend for Marvin Bagley - 247
The No. 1 ranked prospect in the 2018 247Sports Composite Marvin Bagley put up monster numbers through four games this weekend in front of some notable onlookers.

Todd Pletcher to pass D. Wayne Lukas in Kentucky Derby starters | Lexington Herald Leader
Multiple Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher is about to pass his old boss, D. Wayne Lukas, for most career Kentucky Derby starters. Yet Pletcher has just one win to his credit. He could have another quintet entered this year.

Eric Thames sets Brewers record - FOX Sports
Thames' return to Major League Baseball has been incredible. He has 11 home runs this year (eight of them coming against the Cincinnati Reds). They've obviously all been in the month of April, and 11 is the new franchise record for home runs in a month.

Rajon Rondo trying to return for game five - Washington Post
The Chicago Bulls certainly aren't the same without Rondo on the floor, who's out with a fractured thumb. But he's trying to shake it off and return for game five. That seems like a very Rondo thing to do, and the Bulls would like to have him back out there (if he's healthy enough, of course).

182 players have left early and declared for the NBA Draft - Yahoo Sports
That's a new record, and that's not counting players who graduated. Remember, only 60 will be drafted. I think we;ll see quite a few back out after getting scout feedback.

Why Adrian Peterson makes sense for the Saints -
I think it's easy to see why; he's an elite running back that joins a team that was throwing the ball way too much. If Drew Brees wants to keep playing, the Saints will have to take some pressure off his arm. Not only does this move do that, but it sets the Saints up to be one of the best offensive teams in the NFL right away.

Russell Westbrook's season was must-watch the whole way - SB Nation
Westbrook's (and the Oklahoma City Thunder's) season has come to a screeching halt with a 4-1 series loss to the Houston Rockets. But even in the loss, he was must-watch, as he has been all year. He's still my favorite MVP candidate.

The Cassini spacecraft is going to dive between Saturn's rings - Vox