17 July 2024

Following the departure of head coach John Calipari, Kentucky lost arguably its best player to the NBA draft.

Per ESPN’s Jonathan Givony, Kentucky freshman guard Rob Dillingham told Malika Andrews on Tuesday’s episode of NBA Today that he is hiring an agent and declaring for the 2024 draft. Givony described Dillingham as “a projected top-five pick,” and B/R’s Jonathan Wasserman predicted he would be the No. 2 overall pick by the Washington Wizards in his latest mock draft

Dillingham made an immediate impact with the Wildcats, averaging 15.2 points and 3.9 assists in 23 minutes per game while shooting 44 percent from beyond the arc this season. He was named SEC Sixth Man of the Year and earned second-team All-SEC honors.

Kentucky is coming off a 23-10 finish to this season. The Wildcats earned a No. 3 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament but were eliminated in the first round with a loss to No. 14 Oakland, which was one of the biggest upsets of March Madness. Calipari reportedly accepted a head coaching position with Arkansas this week, ending his 15-year tenure in Lexington

It was an up-and-down season with a lot of great moments,” Dillingham said. “We won a lot of games with a young team. It was a great learning experience, and it was amazing to share it with my teammates. I learned how to be for everyone; that’s what wins games. Coach Cal has done a lot for Kentucky. I feel like he’s a great coach. Wherever he goes, he’ll be a great coach.”

After establishing himself as one of the best freshmen in college basketball, Dillingham is confident in his chances to be successful at the next leve

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