Fans of the Kentucky Wildcats were hoping this day would not come. There had been whispers that stud freshman forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist would remain in school for a couple years. According to Chad Ford, that is not the case.
Ford is reporting that Kidd-Gilchrist will declare for the 2012 NBA Draft after Kentucky’s season ends. I would expect that the season ends with Kidd-Gilchrist and the Wildcats celebrating a national title, but that’s why they play the game.
Kidd-Gilchrist is averaging 11.8 points and 7.6 rebounds per game in his freshman season. He’s one of the best players in the nation, but he’s often overshadowed by teammate Anthony Davis. Davis is going to be the number one pick unless he comes down with radiation poisoning. However, MKG should find himself squarely in the top five, if not the top three.
MKG is a scout’s dream. He does everything well. His game translates perfectly to the next level. He consistently fills the stat sheet, while going unnoticed for a lot of the game. MKG is also a level-headed kid with plenty of humility, something that is not often seen out of college stars.
The 2012 NBA Draft was going to be loaded, whether MKG declared for the draft or not. Now that he is almost assured of declaring once Kentucky finishes the season, some lucky general manager will have the option of adding Kidd-Gilchrist to his team. I know I would want to be in that position. MKG is a winner and you can do worse than drafting a born winner.