Kentucky's Starting Five Declares for NBA Draft

Only freshman Kyle Wiltjer remains from the team's starting rotation

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012  |  Updated 4:39 PM PDT
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Kentucky's Starting Five Declares for NBA Draft

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Kentucky forward Anthony Davis (23) calls together his team during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Kansas, Monday, April 2, 2012, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Kentucky's starting lineup of three freshmen and two sophomores did most everything together en route to the school's eighth national title. Now, they will each go their separate ways in the NBA.

Freshmen Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague, and sophomores Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb declared for the draft in a nationally televised news conference Tuesday night.

The group came into the season largely untested before ascending to No. 1, winning the Southeastern Conference in dominating fashion and capping an NCAA tournament run with a 67-59 victory over Kansas in the title game.

The five join seniors Darius Miller and Eloy Vargas leaving the program.

The departures mean only freshman Kyle Wiltjer remains from the rotation with a new class of highly touted recruits joining coach John Calipari next season.

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