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De'Aaron Fox says he will leave Kentucky to enter NBA draft


Monk made 104 3-pointers on the season, not far behind Jodie Meeks' school record of 117. You guys made this the best year of my life, and you will always have a brother in me.

Kentucky guard Malik Monk will enter the National Basketball Association draft and hire an agent, the second Wildcats' freshman in as many days to announce his departure after coming within seconds of reaching the Final Four.

The exodus of Kentucky freshmen to the NBA continued on Tuesday morning when Malik Monk announced his plans to enter the 2017 NBA Draft and sign with an agent, ending his college career.

"Malik is a special talent", Calipari said. He will join teammate De'Aaron Fox in moving onto the next level.

"Last but not least, I want to thank the Big Blue Nation".


"Throughout the season they helped me grow as a player and as a person", the statement read. At any rate, he is one of the more underrated players in this class from a casual fan's perspective and Dennis Smith is a name that every NBA Draft follower needs to be familiar with in the (very) near future. Monk finished with 12 points in the 75-73 loss.

Among the major individual awards Monk won this season: NCAA Consensus All-America Second Team, SEC Player of the Year (AP), SEC Newcomer of the Year (AP), SEC Freshman of the Year (Coaches), All-SEC First Team (AP/Coaches), All-SEC Freshman Team (Coaches), AP All-America Second Team, Jerry West Award Finalist, Wooden Award Finalist. Perhaps saving his best for last, Fox scored a record 39 points in the victory over UCLA in the Sweet 16. Fox is projected to land in the draft lottery, and could even have a shot at going in the top five if a team becomes enamored with his skill set. He averaged 16.7 points, 4.6 assists and four rebounds per game during his only season at Kentucky.

The NBA Draft Combine will take place May 9-14 in Chicago.

Faced with the unenviable task of replacing 2016 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year award victor Tyler Ulis, Fox filled his shoes admirably this season and made his mark as one of the nation's fastest and craftiest players.

Of the 18 players in the Calipari era who declared for the NBA Draft after one season at Kentucky, all 18 were drafted in the first round.

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