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Will Sharpe ever play for the Wildcats?

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The morning after Kentucky put together a comeback win at Texas A&M was not so great for Big Blue Nation.

While Wildcats fans woke up in a great mood, they soon learned that No. 1 prospect and recently enrolled Shaedon Sharpe is now eligible for the 2022 NBA Draft.

After reclassifying and enrolling early, many wondered if Sharpe would still end up being eligible for this summer’s draft. However, that had just been speculation until Thursday afternoon.

Kentucky’s early ups and downs combined with Sharpe already being on campus brought on the debate if the young talent should play this season. While the idea seems like a dream for Kentucky, making it a reality isn’t as easy.

Sharpe would enter the season in the middle of conference play with only a limited amount of games left in the season. He would also run the risk of a major injury or the possibility of depleting his draft stock.

However, another angle shows that playing this year could bring on incredible opportunities for Sharpe. In addition to chances at sizable NIL deals, Sharpe could give Kentucky an extra boost towards contending for a national championship while also potentially increase his draft stock.

In full transparency, it seems doubtful that Sharpe plays this season. His current stock is through the roof, and there isn’t any urgency to ruin that. While there’s the slight chance that a NIL deal blows him away or he decides that he wants to physically be a part of Kentucky’s run at another championship banner, it just doesn’t seem probable that he’ll play this season.

So, with this year out of the way and Sharpe’s draft stock appearing to be relatively high, that then raises the question if he will leave this summer instead of suiting up for Kentucky in the fall.

Thursday’s news wasn’t what Kentucky was hoping for, but is what it is. With or without Sharpe on the court, the Wildcats appear to be in the midst of another quality year under head coach John Calipari.

Next up — a road trip to No. 2 Auburn on Saturday.

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Casual Thursday with Penny and the media.

Headlines

UK WBB drops third straight game in loss to Florida - Kentucky Sports Radio

Things are trending downward for the Lady Wildcats.

Wan’Dale Robinson “toughest kid you can find” - Vaught’s Views

Kentucky will definitely miss him next season.

Kentucky-Texas A&M Report Card - Cats Illustrated

Grades from Wednesday night’s win.

Tshiebwe named Sporting News midseason All-American - Kentucky Sports Radio

More accolades for the outstanding star.

Kentucky has big-time players to make game-winning plays - Vaught’s Views

Major improvement from last season.

Stetson Bennett will return to Georgia for 2022 season - Yahoo!

Major news for the defending champions.

Antonio Brown says ‘there’s nothing wrong with my mental health’ - ESPN

Some may disagree.

2022 NFL playoff schedule - USA Today

Divisional weekend begins tomorrow.

NFL fines Dak Prescott $25K for comments related to game officials - ESPN

Is anyone surprised by this?