UK head basketball coach Tubby Smith has been quiet about Randolph Morris' decision to "test the NBA waters", until now. "It's hard to read what's in his mind," Smith said of Morris. "He's looking for his answers and for a feel of where he would get drafted, but that's why he put his name in the draft.
Nobody is for sure unless you're a sure-fire All-American who's going to be a lottery pick or some team has told you that they're sure-fire going to pick you." Smith admitted that he "really hasn't talked to him (Morris)" about his decision, and when the UK coach was asked if he was disappointed that he hasn't been consulted for his opinion, Smith said, "It wouldn't matter." "We've just got to wait and see how things pan out," Smith said. "He's still has a few weeks before he has to withdraw or keep his name in the draft. I understand he's had some good workouts. He's not doing a lot of talking to anyone right now and just concentrating on seeing on where he would go in the draft."
Smith said that's why it's such a difficult process because of all the projections and opinions. Smith says that, "Everyone hears it all the time - from the media, fans, everyone has an opinion." Smith added, "This is an opportunity for him and his family that he needs to pursue as much as he can, just like Keith Bogans and Tayshaun Prince did, to put their name in the draft to see where they would get drafted. That's the same way I feel about Randolph. If he's got a chance to be a first round draft pick, and he can see his value, it's a great opportunity for him."
But what if Morris is told he is going to be a second round pick? Smith said, "No one knows, unless he's got an agent telling him or some teams telling him. Very few can tell you unless you're a sure-fire lottery pick. If you're not a first round pick, it's going to be a tough one." Coach Smith had this final thought on Morris and his upcoming decision to stay in the draft or return to UK, "His parents got a pretty good feel from the way his recruiting went, so I'm sure they've got a pretty good feel for this."