By Travis Duncan
—Kentucky will hold a press conference today where its expected that at least a few of its student-athletes will declare for the NBA Draft. Karl-Anthony Towns has already said as much.
Coach John Calipari stated he expects five to seven of his players to declare for the NBA Draft, as such this could be the bluest, most Kentuckyest draft ever.
The locks: Willie Cauley-Stein, Andrew and Aaron Harrison, Karl-Anthony Towns and Trey Lyles.
Maybes: Devin Booker and Darki Johnson.
The question is will UK continue to be an automatic ticket to the NBA Draft?
Anthony Davis, John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins have been absolute slam dunks, but there’s also guys like Patrick Patterson, Doron Lamb and Darius Miller who have not quite panned out. That’s not to say anyone expected those guys to be stars, but the notion that every Kentucky player is automatically an NBA star is not realistic. The idea that Kentucky is a great place to showcase talent and will lead to a “greater probability” of said players as first-round picks in the NBA is much more accurate.
-The 2015 Masters is not anyone’s tournament because not just anyone and everyone will play great-that’s why its so hard to predict Masters success unlike other pro sports.
Defending Masters Champion Bubba Watson, paired with U.S. Amateur champion Gunn Yang, along with Justin Rose tee off at 9:24 a.m. ET.
Three-time champion Phil Mickelson and World No. 1 Rory McIlroy are paired with Ryan Moore at 10:41 a.m..
Rob Bolton of PGATour.com has 5 sleeper picks, including Cameron Triangle and Charley Hoffman.
Jim Nantz is making his 30th appearance as a Masters broadcaster. Journalist Dan Jenkins is making his 65th Masters tournament.
– Jason Kidd benched Giannis Antetokounmpo Wednesday night but refused to tell reports anything other than to repeat several time “coaches decision” .