The Kentucky Wildcats may have been peerless this season. Even so, the Ohio State Buckeyes have at least one thing in common: waiting on NBA decisions.
Kentucky claimed its eighth national title Monday, downing the Kansas Jayhawks 67-59. The question now is whether UK's ballyhooed underclassmen will return to school -- a feeling Ohio State knows well.
UK stars Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Doron Lamb, Marquis Teague and Terrence Jones all figure to be surefire picks if they leave college early for the NBA Draft. Indeed, Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist would almost certainly go in the top three.
Senior Darius Miller is projected to go in the second round.
It's a different order of magnitude, but Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas, the team's top two scorers, might be headed to the NBA as well.
Sullinger is projected as a lottery pick, and according to the Associated Press, Thomas's stock is high as well:
Thomas was a breakout star in the NCAA tournament, leading the Buckeyes in scoring. A multidimensional 6-foot-7 forward, he might consider leaving if he's projected to be selected in the first round.
Sullinger was projected as a lottery pick last year before deciding to return for his sophomore season. His draft stock might have dipped a little, but he'd still likely be a high first-round pick if he comes out.
"I honestly don't know yet," said Sullinger, who pulled up his jersey to cover his face after the loss to Kansas.
Players have until April 29 to declare. However, if they declare but want to withdraw their names prior to the draft, they must do so before April 11.
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