As of mid-February, there were 12 former Kentucky Wildcats on NBA rosters, but they aren't the only former Cats who are playing professional basketball in the United States. There are three former Kentucky Wildcats playing in the NBA's developmental league - the NBDL.
February 20, 2006
Derrick Hord is just like you and I, in as much as we are puzzled by the decision by Morris to "test" the NBA climate, after such a sub par year. "I haven't seen him this summer, and what he's doing to get ready, but given the way that he played last year, I thought there were only brief moments which I thought he was ready for the NBA. I think you have to show that consistency to really be viable in the NBA.:
June 9, 2005
Kelenna Azubuike has athleticism and the ability to shoot the ball. Chuck Hayes can play a physical game and rebounds well for his size. Are these traits enough to give the starting 2004-2005 forward tandem a shot at making an NBA roster? Bret Bearup offers his opinion on the duo.
May 25, 2005
Azubuike said, "I have submitted my name into the 2005 NBA Draft and I have signed with an agent. I know all the implications of signing with an agent. I believe I am ready and I am willing to do whatever it takes to get better before the draft. I want to make it clear that this is my decision but my family is solidly behind me. I want to thank Coach Smith for the opportunity and everything he has done for me over my career at UK. I have truly enjoyed this experience."
ESPN is reporting that Kentucky's Kelenna Azubuike will test the waters and declare his eligibility for the NBA draft. Andy Katz reported that Azubuike will not hire an agent, leaving the door open for a potential return to play his senior season for the Wildcats.
April 4, 2005