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Things don’t Always Go as Planned for Players who Leave Kentucky Early

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Ever since John Calipari was hired as head coach at Kentucky, Lexington has been a quick stop along the way to successful careers in the NBA. However, the path hasn’t been smooth for every player that decides to make the jump.


Paolo Uggetti of The Ringer wrote a story that focused on former Kentucky players Marquis Teague, Daniel Orton, Aaron Harrison, Archie Goodwin, and Kyle Wiltjer. All five have had up and down careers as professionals.


The players talk about the biggest adjustment from Kentucky to a professional career. Orton mentioned that when he arrived in Orlando as an NBA rookie, his teammates didn’t want to hang out after practice and go to dinner like his teammates from Kentucky did.


This is a great piece about some of the guys that left early when they probably could have used an extra year or two at Kentucky.


Read the full article by The Ringer here.


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