MKG makes surprise comment to media

After Saturday's 83-74 win over Vanderbilt, Kentucky freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist dropped a nonchalant comment that could make UK fans giddy about next year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is projected as a NBA draft lottery pick and is even in the top five of some mock drafts already.

However, after Saturday's 83-74 win over Vanderbilt, the Kentucky freshman dropped a nonchalant comment that could make UK fans giddy about next year.

He was asked if he might feel any extra emotion about Thursday's upcoming Senior Night game where Darius Miller and Eloy Vargas will be honored before the game. If he goes into the draft as most expect, the game against Georgia would also be his final Rupp Arena appearance.

"No, it's not any extra emotion. I?am staying all four years as of now," said Kidd-Gilchrist, who had eight points, eight rebounds, three assists and one steal before fouling out.

Several media members laughed when Kidd-Gilchrist made the statement.

"I am dead serious. I don't know why you all are laughing. I am serious," he said.

Given a second chance to clarify his statements, Kidd-Gilchrist didn't change anything.

"I am going to graduate here. I am not going anywhere. I am staying at Kentucky," Kidd-Gilchrist said.

He's the youngest player on Kentucky's roster even though he's averaging 12.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. He's drawn praise from coaches, teammates and opponents for his intensity on the court.

Kentucky fans got a scare late in this win when he fell to the floor hard after "banging knees" going for a rebound. He had to be helped off the court, but minutes later was ready to play again.

"I went, ‘What.' He acted like he got shot," Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "‘Ready to go?' I wanted him to run to see that he wasn't fooling me."

He wasn't even though he got his fifth foul with 2 minutes, 43 seconds left — just 17 seconds after he came back into the game — trying to block a shot.

"Michael Gilchrist probably played a minute in the last seven, eight minutes of the game and we won without him on the court," Calipari said. "And he cheered just like Marquis Teague (did Tuesday at Mississippi State when he was in foul trouble). He cheered harder than anybody on that bench."

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