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John Calipari reacts to BJ Boston going pro

“Breaking his finger over the summer set him back but he just kept working. BJ got so much better as the season went on and has only scratched the surface of who he is going to become as a player.”

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For the second-straight day, the Kentucky Wildcats lost a player to the 2021 NBA Draft.

After Terrence Clarke said adios Friday, Brandon ‘BJ’ Boston followed suit Saturday, announcing he was turning pro and hiring an agent. Isaiah Jackson also entered the draft earlier this week but did not hire an agent.

“It was an honor for me to play for the Big Blue Nation this season and to suit up for one of the best coaches in the country,” Boston said via press release. “I want to thank Coach Cal, the staff, and my teammates for pushing me day in and day out to be the best player I could be. I’m proud of the progress I made on the court and off it this season. I’m disappointed in the results because we really wanted to win for the best fans in the country.

”I want to thank my family, friends and my brothers for life for always supporting me. That support, along with my experience at Kentucky, has given me the confidence to take this next step. Being a professional basketball player has been my dream for as long as I can remember. I’m excited for this opportunity and I know that I will have the foundation to handle anything that comes my way because of my time as a Wildcat. With that being said, I will be declaring for the 2021 NBA Draft.”

Boston made 24 starts in 25 appearances for the Wildcats this season. He averaged 11.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. The Norcross (GA) native led the team with 33 steals and had six games with 3+ steals.

“I am proud of the growth and development Brandon underwent this season,” UK head coach John Calipari said through a press release. “Brandon would be the first to tell you this season wasn’t easy. It was tough and filled with challenges. But what impressed me with him is how he handled any adversity thrown his way like a professional would — with maturity and with a work ethic that some of our best guys in that league have had.

“Breaking his finger over the summer set him back but he just kept working. BJ got so much better as the season went on and has only scratched the surface of who he is going to become as a player. He has the mindset, the drive and the skillset to succeed in that league. BJ and his family know they have my full support and I look forward to watching him chase his dreams.”

Best of luck to Boston as he chases his NBA dreams.

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