Yesterday there were several reports of Bam Adebayo hiring an agent and remaining in the draft, and today Adebayo confirmed those reports in an official statement through the university.
Read it for yourself:
“After talking with Coach Cal, the staff and my family, I have decided it’s in my best interest to remain in the draft,” Adebayo said.
“This process we went through at Kentucky was a tough but a rewarding one. It was everything I wanted when I decided to come to Kentucky. It taught me a lot. It taught me how to be a better man on and off the court. I have improved so much since the beginning of the season thanks to the hard work of the coaching staff. They helped me with every step of the process along the way and they never gave up on me.
“I also want to thank my teammates. I couldn’t have asked for a better group to grow with. We were all like brothers. I also want to thank the fans for their support and everything they do for us. Their passion is like nothing I’ve ever seen before.”
Adebayo is projected as a late-first/early-second round draft pick, depending who you ask. If he falls to the second, he will be Calipari’s first one-and-done to drop out of the first round.