From this day forth, I declare that Wednesday, April 7, 2010 be remembered as “Blue Wednesday.” Furthermore, every April 7 from this day shall be a state-wide day of remembrance and mourning. For it is today that John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson, Eric Bledsoe and Daniel Orton have declared their intentions to enter the 2010 NBA draft. Now, for a moment of silence.
The 5 have not hired agents as of yet and have made no indication whether they’ll do so. So the optimist in me wants to think there’s a chance they will withdraw their names and return for another season. I like to think at least 2 of the 5 will be back but it’s looking grim. We are officially at 1 minute to midnight.
While the Fabulous Freshman can still decide to withdraw (they officially have until May 8th to do so), it is likely Patrick Patterson is done. A player can only “test the waters” one time in their career. When they enter their name the second time, it’s all or nothing.
But, it’s not looking likely that any of them are coming back as they are saying their goodbyes and thanking the fans for their ride.
From the UK, the players had this to say:
“I’m not the same player as when I arrived at UK. I believe I’m ready for the next challenge as Derrick Rose and Tyreke Evans were the last two years under Coach Cal. I want to thank my teammates and the fans for all their support this year. I love them.”
“Coach challenged me to grow on and off the court this season. I believe my game expanded along with my maturity. This year was the most fun I’ve ever had playing basketball and a lot of it had to do with the support I got from our fans.”
“I never thought I’d be in this position after one year. Coach Cal pushed us all to be the best we could be and he believes I’m prepared to take my game to the next level. I want to thank the fans for all their support this year.”
“Being at Kentucky allowed me to play with some of the most talented players in the country. Battling with DeMarcus and Patrick every day helped improve my game. I want to thank the coaching staff for helping put me in a position to be drafted this year.”
“I want to thank the fans who have supported me all three years. I also want to thank the coaches for putting me in a position to showcase other parts of my game as well as my versatility. Lexington and UK will always be a special place to me.”