Originally, Larry Orton had indicated his son was dropping his classes to go to California to train. However, he said now that Daniel Orton will finish his class work while in California. "He is doing his school work. They worked it out for him at UK," Larry Orton said. "Daniel and Kentucky got that worked out. All I can tell you is that he is working on his school work. He only has about three weeks of school left, and he had good grades."
Orton averaged 3.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game last year as a backup to Cousins. He was second on the team with 53 blocked shots and ranked eighth in the SEC in blocks per game (1.4).
He has until April 25 to declare for the draft and until May 8 to withdraw from the June 24 draft and retain his eligibility.
"I have not heard from the NBA yet," Larry Orton, who is still in Lexington, said. "I have not filled out any (NBA draft) papers yet. I am going to fill them out. That's why I have not made a big issue (out of reports that said Daniel Orton had already declared for the draft). It's going to happen."
He says he "doesn't know" about what his son will do as far as hiring an agent.
"He's got to know what he's doing by May 8. He has a lot on his mind," Larry Orton said. "Daniel is focusing on his workouts. He is just trying to take one thing at a time. That is how he will deal with things.'
Orton says his son will be in California eight to 10 weeks. He has read and heard reports that his son could be one of the top three or four centers in the draft, but he says none of that has been verified to him.
"I will know more if Daniel signs with an agent or comes back to Kentucky. If he signs with an agent, I would know more for sure about the NBA," Larry Orton said. "If he doesn't sign with an agent, I won't know any more or any less than anyone else. But if teams start calling me, then that will be a good sign.