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John Calipari expects 4-5 players to enter NBA Draft

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Now that the season is over, the stay-or-go game begins.

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The NCAA Tournament is canceled, which means the 2019-20 college hoops season has come to a close.

Now, the focus for the Kentucky Wildcats turns to which players will return for next season, and which will be entering the 2020 NBA Draft, assuming there still is one.

During an appearance on ESPN’s SportsCenter, head coach John Calipari said he expects 4-5 players to put their names in the draft, though it’s untelling how the process will play out with so much uncertainty in all of sports right now.

Calipari also lamented over his team not getting a chance to compete for a national title, something he truly believed these Wildcats could win.

We should expect Tyrese Maxey and Nick Richards to both declare and remain in the draft, while Ashton Hagans and Immanuel Quickley while likely at least test the waters.

As for a potential fifth player, EJ Montgomery probably wants to be in the NBA, but his stock is very low right now. It’s possible Keion Brooks puts his name in just to go through the pre-draft process, but it’s likely he’s back next season.

For now, I would expect Maxey, Richards and Hagans to be in the NBA next season, while Quickley feels like more of a toss-up that could go either way, and Montgomery ends up returning. But that’s a complete guess at this point, and who knows how/if the NCAA Tournament being abruptly canceled will affect the decisions of any of these guys.

This is a gut-wrenching way for their seasons to end, and I’d imagine they want some time off before thinking about what they want to do next season.

Who do you think has played their last game in a UK uniform?